Researchers explore the psychological and neurobiological basis of why listening to sad music often makes us feel good and lifts our spirits.
People who experienced sexual abuse or suffer from PTSD have reduced connectivity in the ventral and dorsal attention network (VAN-DAN network) compared to those with no history of abuse or PTSD.
Oxytocin therapy is ineffective at improving social skills in children on the autism spectrum.
Researchers discovered people with a specific variant of the oxytocin receptor gene OXTR follow more people on Instagram. However, there no evidence was found to suggest gene-environment interactions influence online sociability.
When a mother speaks to her newborn during a medical intervention, the baby’s oxytocin levels increase and their expression of pain decreases.
Mouse mothers gathering their pups train female mice without pups to perform the same behavior. In virgin mice, observing the mother mouse take care of her pups stimulates oxytocin production, biologically shaping them for maternal behavior.
Connections between oxytocin neurons in the hypothalamus and dopamine neurons in the reward system drive parenting behaviors in both male and female voles.
Expectant fathers with higher levels of brain activation and oxytocin later endorsed a more “child-led” empathetic style of parenting once their child was born.
A new study reveals what goes on in the brain when a person embarks on a musical collaboration project.
A genetic mutation of Caps2 impairs the release of oxytocin, leading to problems in regulating social behavior in those on the autism spectrum.