Oxytocin Improves Emotion Recognition in Schizophrenia

Kermit Cole

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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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]