Oxytocin Makes Marmosets More Attractive
We all like to feel good with our respective partners or lovers. So sometimes you humans help the monkey world feel more sociable. In the article below they talk about Oxytocin, a hormone in mammals. It is also available as a medication. Widely referred to as the love hormone, oxytocin has also been dubbed the hug hormone, cuddle chemical, moral molecule, and the bliss hormone due to its effects on behavior, including its role in love and in female reproductive biological functions in reproduction.
Previous studies showed that individuals who receive an oxytocin boost show greater sociability, through increased cooperation, altruism and communication with members of the same social group. However, much less is known about how others interact with those treated with oxytocin, the researchers from the University of Nebraska at Omaha found.’We are the first to show that marmosets treated with oxytocin receive more social attention from their long-term mate,’ says first author Jon Cavanaugh, a graduate student at the Callitrichid Research Center in the Department of Psychology, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.Cavanaugh and colleagues further observed differences between males and females: males that received oxytocin attracted more physical proximity from their female partners, while females treated with oxytocin attracted more grooming from their male partners.