New Research About the Hormone Oxytocin and High-Functioning Autism

A new study performed by the Neuropsychology Group, Institute of Cognitive
Science in France suggests that inhaling Oxytocin may be beneficial for people
who have high function autism (HF-ASD). Oxytocin is a hormone that acts as a
neurotransmitter in the brain and is thought to have an impact on emotions and
behavior. Oxytocin is also referred to as “the love hormone.”

The study was centered around a virtual ball toss with 13 adults with HF-ASD or
Asperger Syndrome between the ages 17-39. The patients were randomly given
either the Oxytocin nasal spray or a placebo spray. Those who inhaled Oxytocin
improved in their ability to differentiate “good” players versus
“bad” players by responding to more social cues. They also saw an
improvement in gazing at the other players in the face and eyes.

This study is still in the beginning stages of research. There is much to be
discovered in how much Oxytocin should be given and how often. Long-term
effects of this hormone are also unknown at this time. For a complete look at
this recent study, I recommend reading – Oxytocin Improves Social Interaction in High-Functioning Adults With
Autism
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