Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Other "Love Drug"

Dopamine and serotonin are commonly known as hormones that make you happy and are sometimes called "love drugs" but this "love drug", oxytocin, is something else. It plays a roles in maternal behaviors, anxiety, social recognition, pair bonding and orgasms and has also been rumored to be linked to autism: this article describes how a deficit in oxytocin could cause those with autism to have a lack of social recognition. Oxytocin also increases the levels of trust between people (see here), which could be why it is called a "love drug", and what is love without trust? 

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind"
-Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act I, Scene I, Line 234

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