‘Cuddle chemical’ helps autistics recognise emotions

The Autism News | English by Becky McCall | Cosmos Online OXFORD, U.K.: A hormone more commonly associated with bonding between lovers, or mothers and their children, has been found to help improve and maintain the recognition of emotions when given to adults with autism. Oxytocin is an important hormone in the development of trust bonds and is well known for its role as a pregnancy hormone, promoting contractions and aiding breastfeeding. “We wondered if rescuing the oxytocin system was a key to improving core symptoms of autism,” said psychiatrist and lead researcher Eric Hollander of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City, USA.

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‘Cuddle chemical’ helps autistics recognise emotions

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