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2012-12-11 15:20:38

Following the birth of a child, new mothers may have an altered perception of stresses around them, showing less interest in threats unrelated to the baby. This change to the neuroendocrine circuitry could help the mothers adapt to the additional stress often accompanying newborns, say researchers from Indiana University's Kinsey Institute and the University of Zurich. When viewing disturbing images during the study, postpartum women reported less distress and demonstrated less activity in...

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...

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...

Swimming With Hormones Ancient Urges That Drive The Social Decisions Of Fish Unraveled
2012-10-09 17:54:11

Researchers have discovered that a form of oxytocin–the hormone responsible for making humans fall in love–has a similar effect on fish, suggesting it is a key regulator of social behavior that has evolved and endured since ancient times. The findings, published in the latest edition of the journal Animal Behaviour, help answer an important evolutionary question: why do some species develop complex social behaviors while others spend much of their lives alone? "We know how...

2012-06-13 10:05:12

The velvety voice of Elvis Presley still makes hearts flutter–and in a new study with people who have the rare genetic disorder Williams syndrome, one of the King's classics is among a group of songs that helped to cast light on part of the essence of being human: the mystery of emotion and human interaction. In a study led by Julie R. Korenberg, Ph.D., M.D., University of Utah/USTAR professor, Circuits of the Brain and pediatrics, people with and without Williams syndrome (WS)...

2012-05-21 09:49:32

Preliminary results from an ongoing, large-scale study by Yale School of Medicine researchers shows that oxytocin – a naturally occurring substance produced in the brain and throughout the body– increased brain function in regions that are known to process social information in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A Yale Child Study Center research team that includes postdoctoral fellow Ilanit Gordon and Kevin Pelphrey, the Harris Associate Professor...

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...

Have Researchers Discovered The Niceness Gene?
2012-04-11 06:58:00

A person's DNA may play a key role in whether or not they are nice, kind and generous, claim the authors of a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. The research, which was led by University at Buffalo psychologist Michel Poulin, focuses on two hormones -- oxytocin and vasopressin -- which can "inspire feelings of love and generosity when they flood our brains," according to Life's Little Mysteries Staff Writer Natalie Wolchover. These hormones attach to different...

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...

2012-04-02 10:02:34

Changes in delivery practices appear to be main contributing factor Women take longer to give birth today than did women 50 years ago, according to an analysis of nearly 140,000 deliveries conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The researchers could not identify all of the factors that accounted for the increase, but concluded that the change is likely due to changes in delivery room practice. The study authors called for further research to determine whether...


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Hypothalamus
2013-03-04 13:43:30

The hypothalamus is an organ that serves as an important link, along the hypothalamic-hypophyseal axis, between the nervous system and the endocrine system. It is located within the cranial cavity, in the cerebrum, right below the thalamus. It also forms the floor of the third ventricle in the brain. It contains neural pathways, blood vessels, glial cells, and secretory cells—all of which work together to control things like body temperature, hunger, thirst, sleep, and hormonal and...

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