Oxytocin - the Elusive 'Element'

In recent times, it has become increasingly recognised that isolation plays a role in, not only people's mood, but also their state of health. Just one result of this discovery is that small children have recently started to have been invited into old people's homes to mingle with the residents and bring smiles to their faces. The longer term impact of this one small shift in their routine has proved to be significantly positive on many levels, especially in the case of Alzheimer's sufferers. Oxytocin is an important mediator of social behaviour, potentially enhancing emotional expression and prosocial behaviour. The value of receiving hugs as well as simple touch, is nowadays observed to br




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