Intranasal Oxytocin Increases Positive Communication and Reduces Cortisol Levels During Couple Conflict

@article{Ditzen2009IntranasalOI,
  title={Intranasal Oxytocin Increases Positive Communication and Reduces Cortisol Levels During Couple Conflict},
  author={Beate Ditzen and Marcel Schaer and Barbara Gabriel and Guy Bodenmann and Ulrike Ehlert and Markus Heinrichs},
  journal={Biological Psychiatry},
  year={2009},
  volume={65},
  pages={728-731}
}

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