How “Serotonin and Oxytocin” Affect The Social Behavior

Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized
5 Oct 2013

Individuals on the Autism Spectrum are known to be loners, anti-social, and have poor communication skills. Researchers found a corelation between a hormone that is tied to “bonding” called oxytocin, and the brain system that produce pleasure and motivation. This hormone is known as the “love” or “cuddle” chemical. Genetic changes in autistic children may alter these effect.

Explanation: Interfering with oxytocin’s activity can inhibit social behavior.

Oxytocin along with its partner serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for feeling of satisfaction and reward, make the social interaction a positive experience worth repeating. In the brain of autistic individuals, this rewarding system may not be functioning properly.

Read the full research article here.

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