Hormone Oxytocin Improves Social Cognition but Only in Less Socially Proficient Individuals

Science Daily
Date Published: 
September 21, 2010

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that the naturally-occurring hormone oxytocin selectively improves social cognitive abilities for less socially proficient individuals, but has little effect on those who are more socially proficient. While more research is required, these results highlight the potential oxytocin holds for treating social deficits in people with disorders marked by deficits in social functioning like autism.