Navigation Links
'Love Hormone' May Trigger Jealousy, Too
Date:11/15/2009

Oxytocin could be inappropriate for use with autism, expert cautions,,

SUNDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- With a reputation as the "love hormone," oxytocin has been linked to trust, empathy and generosity.

But new research suggests that oxytocin plays a role in jealousy and gloating as well.

"Subsequent to these findings, we assume that the hormone is an overall trigger for social sentiments: When the person's association is positive, oxytocin bolsters pro-social behaviors; when the association is negative, the hormone increases negative sentiments," Israeli researcher Simone Shamay-Tsoory, of the University of Haifa, said in a news release from the university.

Scientists have linked the hormone to feeling good. It's released during childbirth and when people have sex. Research has found that people who inhaled a man-made form of the hormone were more altruistic.

But in earlier research, Shamay-Tsoory had discovered that mice who inhaled oxytocin were more aggressive so she decided to figure out if the hormone might have the same effect on people.

To do that, she had 56 people inhale a man-made version of the hormone or a placebo. They then played game designed to encourage feelings of envy and gloating.

Those who had inhaled oxytocin reported higher levels of envy and gloating during the game than the others, but not afterward.

The findings could have a cautionary message.

"Following the earlier results of experiments with oxytocin, we began to examine the possible use of the hormone as a medication for various disorders, such as autism," Shamay-Tsoory said. "The results of the present study show that the hormone's undesirable effects on behavior must be examined before moving ahead."

A report on the research appeared recently in the online issue of Biological Psychiatry.

More information

Colorado State University has more on oxytocin.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: University of Haifa, news release, Nov. 11, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Get a Jump on Your Holiday Shopping and Give Two Gifts This Season: One to Your Loved Ones and One to People Battling Blood Cancer
2. Lung Cancer Alliance Announces New National Campaign Starring Dr. Armando Lung Love
3. One Heartland Hosting: Smore to Love Cocktail Fundraiser
4. Football Pros in October Pink Gloves
5. Hidden Valley(R) Announces Fourth Annual Love Your Veggies(TM) School Grant Program
6. Messages of Love Jewelry Adds Personalized Gift Ideas
7. Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
8. Grand Opening: An Exercise Program for People Who Just Love To Dance
9. Anthem Life & Disability Insurance Company Offers The Healing Book to Help Young Life Insurance Beneficiaries Cope With Losing a Loved One
10. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Offers The Healing Book to Help Young Life Insurance Beneficiaries Cope with Losing a Loved One
11. Anthem Life Offers The Healing Book to Help Young Life Insurance Beneficiaries Cope with Losing a Loved One
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... United Benefit Advisors (UBA), ... has added CXC Solutions (CXC) as a new Strategic Partner. CXC is ... to help benefits advisors reduce operating costs and generate additional revenues while enhancing ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... , ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... characterization laboratories, is now offering HIAC particle counting and sizing services for USP ... Gateway Analytical instituted the new service as a response to the needs of ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... , ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... launch of a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign ( http://kck.st/2g3a1so ) for the HealthyWatch, ... alerts and even taking an EKG from the watch while sharing these events ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 06, 2016 , ... Keeping Gift ... people choose gifts that are safe and age-appropriate for their recipients. This is the ... to reflect on the safety of items that would make good gifts for children. ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) , ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... online retailers of Mobility Scooters . , Mobility Scooters give freedom to people ... and balance problems. Still others may be facing a long period of rehabilitation after ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/6/2016)... 6, 2016 Breast Pump Market size is ... report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Continue Reading ... ... , , ... growing women employment rates and rising consumer awareness regarding importance of breast feeding ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... DIEGO , Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... on the development of Conditionally Active Biologic ... and Beijing Sinobioway Group Company, Limited (Sinobioway) ... for development.  The specific program candidates and ... March 2015, BioAtla and Sinobioway entered into ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... N.Y. , Dec. 6, 2016 ... a reason to be hopeful.  A special kind of ... a less anxious life. Photo - ... Robert Buck, the psychotherapist who developed and ... breakthrough approach to overcoming anxiety and worry.  "Anxiety ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: