Natural variations in maternal and paternal care are associated with systematic changes in oxytocin following parent–infant contact

@article{Feldman2010NaturalVI,
  title={Natural variations in maternal and paternal care are associated with systematic changes in oxytocin following parent–infant contact},
  author={Ruth Feldman and Ilanit Gordon and Inna Schneiderman and Omri Weisman and Orna Zagoory-Sharon},
  journal={Psychoneuroendocrinology},
  year={2010},
  volume={35},
  pages={1133-1141}
}
Animal studies have demonstrated that the neuropeptide oxytocin (OT) plays a critical role in processes of parent-infant bonding through mechanisms of early parental care, particularly maternal grooming and contact. Yet, the involvement of OT in human parenting remains poorly understood, no data are available on the role of OT in the development of human fathering, and the links between patterns of parental care and the OT response have not been explored in humans. One hundred and twelve… Expand

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