The Chemical that Sharpens our Social Skills

BBC explains the connection between oxytocin and our social behavior.

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Neuroscientists have long believed that the release of oxytocin in the brain could be triggered by social interactions with certain individuals such as offspring or mates that are important to us and other animals. And when researchers experimentally block the action of oxytocin, mice lose the ability to recognise socially important individuals. This suggests that the molecule plays a central role in social learning — but researchers haven’t known exactly how oxytocin does its job.

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