Love Hormone Oxytocin Helps Children with Autism: increases processing of social information

Oxytocin is sometimes called the love hormone because it has a role in maternal bonding. 

 

In a new ongoing, double-blind, placebo-controlled study at Yale School of Medicine, a team of researchers have reported that oxytocin can increase brain function in areas that are associated with the processing of social information in young people who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD)…

 

The study, which is the first of its kind, involves administering oxytocin in a nasal spray to the study participants and then observing their brain function using functional magnetic resonance imaging.