The Impact Of Hormones On The Memories Of Mother – Part 3 of 3
But men who hadn’t reported such positive connections absolutely downgraded their assessment of the maternal relationship after taking oxytocin. “We found that participants who were more securely attached, when they got oxytocin, they remembered mom as more close. For those who were more anxiously attached, it amplified it in the other direction. It brought to bent their chronic insecurities about their relationship with their mother. “This supports this idea that oxytocin may actually play a role in the formation of these memories”.
So “It’s not just a ‘happy’ drug,” said Paul Sanberg, respected professor of neurosurgery and director of the University of South Florida Center for Aging and Brain Repair in Tampa. “Because oxytocin differentiates like that between pleasure and anxiety, it’s more testify that it’s involved in human attachment. This is the first empirical evidence”. Most of the evidence we have so far on oxytocin as an attachment hormone has been in animals who was not involved with the study.