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Newly discovered brain cells explain a prosocial effect of oxytocin

Newly discovered brain cells explain a prosocial effect of oxytocinWhen activated by the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin, a class of star-shaped neurons (left) in the brain’s cortex encourages female mice to take an interest in males, but only when the females are in heat. More »

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Neurotransmitters linked to mating behavior are shared by mammals and worms

New research from Rockefeller University has shown that chemicals in the brain — neuropeptides known as vasopressin and oxytocin — play a role in coordinating mating and reproductive behavior in animals ranging from humans to fish to invertebrates. More »

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To recognize their friends, mice use their amygdalas

Even those who can’t remember names can usually recall faces. New research from Rockefeller University suggests that a simple brain chemical, a neuropeptide called oxytocin, is a reason. More »

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