NOV 28, 2015 11:09 PM PST

No, Oxytocin Isn't JUST a Love Hormone

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard
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Oxytocin is a hormone manufactured in the brain that is often incorrectly referred to as the "love" hormone. But it's also used in many other functions of the body, such as socializing, spending time with your pets, or even simply feeling fear.

In some testing, oxytocin has even been known to keep test subjects under the influence of alcohol soberer. What's more is it can actually help with the brain function of children with autism, which means the hormone could actually be captured somehow and used to our advantage.

But will it be? It depends. There are moral issues with creating something that would allow people to drink alcohol with improved sober response, as it might actually make people want to drink more.

Oxytocin has a lot of uses, and it's certainly not just a love hormone, as it has been labeled in today's common knowledge.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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