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The Hormone of Love and Hate

The Hormone of Love and Hate

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The Hormone of Love and Hate
Nicky Blackburn
According to a new study by an Israeli researcher the'love' hormone oxytocin, that controls behaviors such astrust and empathy, also affects negative behaviors like jealousy and gloating.It has been known for some time that the oxytocinhormone has an impact on positive feelings. Thehormone is released in the body naturally during
 
childbirth and sex. But the study by Dr. Simone Shamay- Tsoory of the University of Haifa also shows that thishormone has an impact on antisocial behaviors."Subsequent to these findings, we assume that thehormone is an overall trigger for social sentiments: Whenthe person's association is positive, oxytocin bolsters pro-social behaviors; when the association is negative, thehormone increases negative sentiments," says Shamay- Tsoory.According to a new study by an Israeli researcher the'love' hormone oxytocin, that controls behaviors such astrust and empathy, also affects negative behaviors like jealousy and gloating.It has been known for some time that the oxytocinhormone has an impact on positive feelings. Thehormone is released in the body naturally duringchildbirth and sex. But the study by Dr. Simone Shamay- Tsoory of the University of Haifa also shows that thishormone has an impact on antisocial behaviors."Subsequent to these findings, we assume that thehormone is an overall trigger for social sentiments: Whenthe person's association is positive, oxytocin bolsters pro-social behaviors; when the association is negative, thehormone increases negative sentiments," says Shamay- Tsoory.Fifty-six volunteers took part in Shamay-Tsoory's study,which was published recently in the journal of BiologicalPsychiatry. Half of the participants inhaled the syntheticform of the hormone in the first session and were given aplacebo in the second, while the others received aplacebo in the first session and oxytocin in the second.
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