August. Jan. 1, 2022 — A nasal spray containing the “love hormone” oxytocin has been marketed as a potential panacea to improve emotional connections with others and even save troubled relationships. But a new study from the UK suggests otherwise, showing that oxytocin sprays don’t make young, healthy men more emotionally aware.
how does it help? A computer-based psycho-emotional training program.
“Our study suggests that oxytocin may not always be the most appropriate intervention when trying to improve a patient’s social life and well-being,” University of Essex said Dr Katie Daughters from the Department of Psychology.
Oxytocin, which is naturally released in the body, plays a key role in managing behavior and mood.
Some studies have shown that oxytocin Nasal sprays may work in people who have difficulty identifying emotions, such as those with autism, schizophrenia or social anxiety — although the results have been mixed.
People who have difficulty identifying emotions are more likely to have poor mental health. The new study looked at whether oxytocin could improve the ability of healthy people to recognize emotions.
Researchers recruited 104 undergraduate students with an average age of 19 years.
Some people used an oxytocin nasal spray, others a placebo nasal spray. They then completed a validated computer-based emotion training program or simulated emotion training program and tested their ability to read emotions.
Emotion training program helps men identify sad and angry faces, but oxytocin spray has no effect at all.
Researchers warn that more research is needed on the effects of oxytocin nasal spray, and it is worthwhile, especially in women and in people with mental disorders.
“We still don’t know enough about how the body processes oxytocin sprays. We need to know more about oxytocin before using it as a treatment,” the daughters said .
“Like all medications, it is not advisable to take oxytocin without discussing it with a healthcare professional. In fact, as our research shows, there may be other Interventions are more tailored to your individual situation,” she said.
At this time, it is unclear whether the “love hormone” can help repair
“There are no scientific studies looking at oxytocin in romantic relationships. We need further evidence before making any recommendations,” said the daughter.
On the other hand, some computer-based psychological interventions can help people identify and interpret different emotional expressions, she said.