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2009-08-31 13:10:00

Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, have demonstrated that prairie voles may be a useful model in understanding the neurochemistry of social behavior. By influencing early social experience in prairie voles, researchers hope to gain greater insight into what aspects of early social experience drive diversity in adult social behavior. The study is currently available online in a special edition of Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience that is focused on...

2009-08-26 09:09:07

The sight of their infants' smiles and tears lights up the brain reward centers of mothers who have a secure attachment to their own parent(s), said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) in a report that appears in the current issue of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. Attachment is based on the mother's perception of her own childhood experience, said Dr. Lane Strathearn, lead author of the paper and an assistant professor of pediatrics "“ developmental at BCM...

2009-08-17 00:17:54

Increased sexual activity may lead to an improvement in problem-solving, confidence and teamwork at work, a U.S. researcher says. Dr. Helen Fisher, chief scientific adviser to the Web site Chemistry.com, says her research focused on a sample of 40,000 people on Chemistry.com -- 56 percent female -- with an average age of 37. In addition to being great exercise and a stress reliever, sex triggers the release of a number of valuable brain chemicals, Helen Fisher says in a statement. From...

2009-08-13 09:00:00

DALLAS, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- According to research from Chemistry.com's chief scientific advisor Dr. Helen Fisher, success in the bedroom could lead to an upper hand in the boardroom. Dr. Fisher, a renowned biological anthropologist, found that increased sexual activity may lead to an improvement in problem-solving, confidence and teamwork. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080613/LAF006LOGO) "In addition to being great exercise and a stress reliever, sex triggers the...

2009-05-04 20:53:48

Swiss researchers say the so called love hormone -- oxytocin -- eases conflict stress. The study, published in Biological Psychiatry, evaluated how real-time behavior in couples was affected by exposure to either oxytocin or a placebo. The researchers recruited adult couples who received oxytocin or placebo intranasally -- within the nose. The couples then engaged in conflict discussion while in the laboratory. The researchers find oxytocin increased positive communications more than a...

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2009-04-30 08:33:30

Relationships are difficult and most of us probably think at some point that communicating positively with our partner when discussing stressful issues, like home finances, is an impossible task. What if there was a safe way to take the "edge" off these discussions? The biology of human social relationships is just beginning to emerge as groundbreaking research on social cognition conducted in animals is now informing research in humans. In its May 1st issue, Biological Psychiatry, published...

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2009-02-14 06:45:00

Researchers have found that kissing unleashes chemicals that ease stress hormones in both sexes and encourages bonding in men, though not so much in women, according to the Associated Press. Wendy Hill, a professor of neuroscience at Lafayette College, told a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Friday that chemicals in the saliva might be a way to assess a mate. A study involving pairs of heterosexual college students who kissed for 15 minutes while listening...

2009-02-14 00:52:08

A U.S. researcher says the sweet first kisses of courtship may provide important information on mating to both men and women. Helen Fisher, an anthropologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, said for men the kisses appear to provide data on a woman's estrogen level, The Daily Mail reported. That would let them know where the woman is in the fertility cycle. Men like sloppier kisses, she said. Women, on the other hand, may be getting unconscious information on whether a potential partner...

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2009-02-12 07:00:00

According to Bianca Acevedo, a New York neuroscientist, love is in the head and not the heart. Acevedo is part a new field in science that seeks to biologically explain love, and so far they have found that love is mostly understood through hormones, genetics, and brain images, according to a report from the Associated Press. "It has a biological basis. We know some of the key players," said Larry Young of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, where he searches for clues as to what...

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2009-01-08 06:45:00

Having trouble with your marriage? Take a pill!  Believe it or not, this could happen, says the researcher who is examining the chemical composition of love.Larry Young states that his ultimate goal is not a love potion but hopes to find information on conditions like autism, which limits the natural ability to create social attachments, by investigating brain chemicals connected to emotional attachment."Biologists may soon be able to reduce certain mental states associated with love to...


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