A couple of months ago, I wrote about an oxytocin nose spray that could be used to help those with autism during social interactions.  I find this interesting because my youngest son, Cody, is autistic.  He would rather watch wheels spin all day by himself than interact with other children.

Social interactions are interesting to me because I studied this subject a great deal when getting my bachelor’s degree in communication.  Needless to say, my interest was peaked when I came across a new study from the National Institute of Health that is testing rhesus monkeys and oxytocin to see if it had any effect on social interactions.  When the researchers administered the chemical, the babies began using more facial expressions.

This is extremely promising to me.

When Cody was a baby, I always talked about how laid back he was.  When I look back at those times, I realize now that he just wasn’t engaged with his environment.  Cody was blissfully unaware of everything around him.  Can oxytocin make a difference in the life of my little guy?  Can this naturally occurring chemical help him to interact with others?

I want to know more, do you? Here’s the link: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-oxytocin-social-behavior-infant-rhesus.html#nwlt

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