Low ‘love hormone’ levels lead to low empathy
Individuals with low levels of the ‘love hormone’ – oxytocin – have been found to have less empathy than those with higher levels. Researchers found that oxytocin replacement therapy could improve well-being of people who are low in the hormone.
The study included 20 people with medical conditions that lead to low levels of oxytocin and a control group of 20 healthy people. Those with low levels of oxytocin performed worse when measuring empathy, which is the awareness of other people’s feelings.
Lead researcher Katie Daughters explained
, “This is the first study which looks at low oxytocin as a result of medical, as opposed to psychological, disorders. If replicated, the results from our patient groups suggest it is also important to consider medical conditions carrying a risk of low oxytocin levels.”
The study is only preliminary and additional research involving larger study groups is required to confirm findings.
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