What is oxytocin? Released during: Sexual activity Maternity High fives and hugs Certain looks, smells, etc. Yields feelings of love, empathy, trust
Oxytocin and Love:Trust and Empathy In this study, participants were shown images of frightening faces and scenes. Those who had been administered oxytocin show less brain activity in the part of the brain that processes fear. Oxytocin promotes trust.
Oxytocin and chocolate Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which stimulates the release of oxytocin
Oxytocin and chocolate When we love someone, oxytocin is released and binds to the same receptors as the ones where addictive drugs act When we eat chocolate, oxytocin is released and binds to these same receptors
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