Washington: Oxytocin, often referred to as a love hormone, boosts activity in brain areas of autistic children involving sight, hearing and understanding other people.These are the preliminary results from an ongoing, large-scale study led by postoctoral fellow IIanit Gordon and Kevin Pelphrey, associate professor of child psychiatry and psychology at the Yale School of Medicine.Gordon and her team conducted a first-of-its-kind, rigorous study on kids aged between seven and 18 years with autism. They gave them a single dose of oxytocin in a nasal spray and used functional magnetic resonance brain imaging to observe its effect.Previous studies have shown that the inability to secrete oxytocin and feel empathy is linked to sociopathy, psychopathy, narcissism and general manipulativenes, according to an Yale statement.
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