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Qualia

Study explores multiple roles of oxytocin

July 23, 2012 | Author: Summer Allen, Graduate and Postdoc, Brown University
Qualia, Oxytocin's role in love, trust and music

Oxytocin (or the ‘love hormone’ as it’s often called) is an important regulator of sexual arousal, pair bonding, and maternal behavior. Oxytocin also regulates non-reproductive social behaviors, which can be artificially manipulated by changing oxytocin levels. When people playing investment games in a research setting inhaled oxytocin, they became both more trusting and more empathetic towards other players. But can too much oxytocin be a bad thing?