Have you ever gazed into your dog's eyes and sensed a remarkably strong connection – almost as if that little fur ball were your child? The results of a newly published study could help explain why this is — and how dogs evolved from wild wolves into the domesticated companions we know (and love) today.
Oxytocin is often referred to as the "trust hormone," a claim that was reinforced by a 2005 study in which participants became more trusting after it was administered via a nasal spray. Trouble is, few studies have been able to reproduce this result, prompting at least one neuroscientist to suggest it's high-time we…
Often referred to as the "trust hormone," oxytocin is typically associated with helping couples establish a greater sense of intimacy and attachment. Lesser known, however, is its potential role, if any, in preventing couples from cheating. But as a new study from the University of Bonn suggests, it may in fact…
Though often referred to as the "trust hormone" oxytocin is increasingly being seen as a brain chemical that does a lot more than just bring couples closer together.
There are two hormones, oxytocin and vasopressin, that generally make us more sociable, more caring, and just generally nicer. But now scientists have taken this a step further by finding the specific genetic receptors that make these hormones so effective.
Oxytocin is a hormone found to be crucial in the formation of loving bonds between mothers and babies, and it's thought to just generally makes people feel more sympathetic and connected to each other. That's definitely true of rhesus monkeys.
It's not always easy to distinguish between human social interactions and the complex chemical interactions that underpin them. Just hearing a calming, familiar voice can alter a person's hormones in a beneficial way...and technology just gets in the way.
There's nothing like the feeling of being in love - your heart pounds, you feel floaty, and everything seems just awesome. Unfortunately, if you're relying on another person to give you that loving feeling, you're bound to be disappointed. At some point they'll let you down, break your heart, or just go away for the…
Exposure to the common hormone oxytocin, which is associated with feelings of trust and pleasure, makes people more likely to trust their government. A scientist says he's proven that authorities could use hormones, rather than promises, to gain public trust.
Scientists believe that the hormone oxytocin is responsible for creating intimate bonds between humans... But there's much more to it than just being Love Potion No. 9, as new studies are showing: Finches beware!