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}
}
BACKGROUND In nonhuman mammals, the neuropeptide oxytocin has repeatedly been shown to increase social approach behavior and pair bonding. In particular, central nervous oxytocin reduces behavioral and neuroendocrine responses to social stress and is suggested to mediate the rewarding aspects of attachment in highly social species. However, to date there have been no studies investigating the effects of central oxytocin mechanisms on behavior and physiology in human couple interaction… 
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