Washington: The hormone oxytocin - often referred to as the “trust” hormone or “love hormone” for its role in stimulating emotional responses - plays an important role in Williams syndrome (WS), according to a study.The study, a collaboration between scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the University of Utah, found that people with WS flushed with the hormones oxytocin and arginine vasopressin (AVP) when exposed to emotional triggers.The findings may help in understanding human emotional and behavioral systems and lead to new treatments for devastating illnesses such as WS, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and possibly even autism.“Williams syndrome results from a very clear genetic deletion, allowing us to explore the genetic and neuronal basis of social behavior,” said Ursula Bellugi, the director of Salk’s Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience and a co-author on the paper.
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