'Morality pills' may be the US's best shot at ending the coronavirus pandemic, according to one ethicist

Rather than a vaccine to beef up your immune system, a psychoactive substance could boost your cooperative, pro-social behavior – curtailing the selfish actions that spur on coronavirus's spread.

Parker Crutchfield, Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Humanities and Law, Western Michigan University • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus emotion cooperation psilocybin social-distancing altruism oxytocin face-masks masks public-goods performance-enhancement cognitive-enhancement experimental-economics sociopath human-enhancements rules wearing-masks

3D ‘map’ of oxytocin receptor could bring new drugs

Researchers have determined the 3D structure of the receptor that the hormone oxytocin binds to. The findings could aid drug development.

U. Zurich • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: hormones oxytocin drug-development health-and-medicine

Bonding with baby: what it should feel like and how long it may take

Up to 35% of mothers and fathers don't fall in love with their baby immediately.

Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg, Professor of Clinical Child and Family Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam • conversation
March 30, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  neuroscience  birth  newborns  oxytocin  attachment-parenting  bonding  post-partum-depression

5 things to know about the science of dad

Happy Father's Day! Here are five unexpected research findings about dads.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
June 12, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: parents gender childrens-health families oxytocin fathers featured society-and-culture health-and-medicine postpartum-depression

Hormone duo may protect some women against PTSD

New research could clarify why not all women with traumatic childhoods develop PTSD.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
April 23, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: hormones stress trauma cortisol abuse oxytocin health-and-medicine post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

Ecstasy may reopen brain’s ‘critical period’ to treat PTSD

Ecstasy has successfully treated some people with PTSD. A new study suggests reopening the "critical period" in the brain may be why.

Vanessa Wasta-Johns Hopkins • futurity
April 4, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: brains oxytocin health-and-medicine medications post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

Newlywed brains suggest altruism is hard-wired

"...altruism is deeply rooted in our evolutionary, neural, and genetic framework."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Feb. 14, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: evolution brains emotions oxytocin relationships featured science-and-technology love

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