Oxytocin Improves Brain Function in Children with Autism

Source: 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Date Published: 
December 2, 2013
Abstract: 

A new study conducted by the Yale Child Study Center shows promising results concerning the use of the hormone oxytocin. The study found that oxytocin, given as a nasal spray,enhanced brain activity while processing social information in children with autism spectrum disorders. This means brain centers associated with reward and emotion recognition responded more during social tasks when the children in the study received oxytocin.