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Homosexuality May Have Roots In Epigenetic Markers
2012-12-12 08:28:52

[ Watch the Video: Researchers Say They Have Found Genetic Switches for Homosexuality ] Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) reveals that epigenetics, rather than genetics, could be the basis for homosexuality. To begin, epigenetics looks at how gene expression is managed by temporary switches, known as epi-marks. In the report, recently published online in The Quarterly...

Fathers Are More Engaged Parents With Oxytocin
2012-12-11 10:50:19

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Oxytocin is a powerful hormone that plays a huge role in pair bonding. It is stimulated in numerous ways, including sex, birth, and breastfeeding. The ability of oxytocin to facilitate social bonding for human females in both marital and parenting relationships has been documented in a large body of previous research. A new study from Bar-Ilan University reveals that oxytocin administrated to fathers increases their parental...

2012-11-14 15:24:02

University of Cincinnati research is examining the effectiveness of a relationship education program that was created to specifically address the needs of male same-sex couples. Details on the program and the study, led by Sarah Whitton, a UC assistant professor of psychology, will be presented Nov. 17, at the 46th annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) in National Harbor, Md. Whitton explains that same-sex couples and heterosexual couples...

Hormone Helps Keep Married Men Away From Unknown Attractive Woman
2012-11-14 12:11:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It´s only natural that married men continue to check out other attractive women that happen to come into their field of view. Occasionally, some of these men also have a tendency to seek out these women and make contact. And some may even pursue these women further. But now, a new study published in Tuesday´s issue of the Journal of Neuroscience has uncovered a surprising new property of a hormone they say will keep...

2012-04-18 09:18:24

What makes some people give blood and bake casseroles for their neighbors, while others mutter about taxes from behind closed blinds? A new paper published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science finds that part of the answer–but not all–may be in their genes. The hormones oxytocin and vasopressin are thought to affect how people behave toward each other. For example, lab tests have found that people play nicer in economic games after...

2012-04-10 12:54:11

Study finds peoples' relative niceness may reside in their genes It turns out that the milk of human kindness is evoked by something besides mom's good example. Research by psychologists at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Irvine, has found that at least part of the reason some people are kind and generous is because their genes nudge them toward it. Michel Poulin, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at UB, is the principal author of the study "The...

'Love Hormone' Helps Monkeys Show A Little Kindness
2012-01-06 05:18:49

Oxytocin, the "love hormone" that builds mother-baby bonds and may help us feel more connected toward one another, can also make surly monkeys treat each other a little more kindly. Administering the hormone nasally through a kid-sized nebulizer, like a gas mask, a Duke University research team has shown that it can make rhesus macaques pay more attention to each other and make choices that give another monkey a squirt of fruit juice, even when they don't get one themselves. Two...

2011-12-10 02:12:04

Concordia study finds hormone makes people more sociable First dates, job interviews or Christmas cocktail parties can be stressors for some people. Such social rites of passage have no doubt made shy or introverted individuals wish for a magic potion that could make them feel like socialites, yet the answer might actually come from a nasal spray. New research from Concordia University, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, has found that an intranasal form of oxytocin can...

2011-11-14 23:32:24

Scientists have discovered that a gene that influences empathy, parental sensitivity and sociability is so powerful that even strangers observing 20 seconds of silent video identified people with a particular genetic variation to be more caring and trusting. In the study, 23 romantic couples were videotaped while one of the partners described a time of suffering in their lives. The other half of the couple and their physical, non-verbal reactions were the focal point of the study. Groups...

2011-10-19 06:55:00

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Forget Viagra -- more and more couples are turning to a hormone called oxytocin to save their sex lives. A chemical that is released in the brain during moments of human bonding and is available in synthetic form over the counter, oxytocin is enjoying booming sales amid growing evidence that it facilitates a more stimulating, satisfying sex life. "When you can be with your mate for 30 or 40 minutes, and then go at it again after that,...