Oxytocin, a natural hormone with a role in social behaviors, has been shown to improve social behaviors in people with autistic spectrum disorders and to improve both positive and negative symptoms in people with schizophrenia diagnoses. Researchers at the NIMH in Bethesda and at King’s College and the Institute of Neurology in London found that oxytocin also improved the ability of people with schizophrenia diagnoses to recognize facial emotions. The results were published in the February issue of Psychological Medicine.
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