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Researchers hope that the hormone oxytocin given as a nasal spray will help children with autism to stronger social skills.

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 This writes the Norwegian research news outlet forskning.no.

Results of brain scans indicate that this may be possible, in the long term, Forskning.no writes further.





They refer to research findings recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

According to forskning.no, the study will be the first to investigate how oxytocin affects brain activity in children with an autism spectrum diagnosis. This is a collective diagnosis for different types of autism, and includes symptoms such as repetitive behaviors and difficulties with communication and social interaction.

Researchers from Yale University suggest that the so-called love hormone oxytocin, given by nasal spray, enables young people with autism to better distinguish between social and non-social activities, writes forskning.no.





Oxytocin is a natural hormone that is formed in glandular cells on the underside of the brain. It is known to strengthen emotional and social bonds between people, as well as provide increased well-being. 

 

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