Neuroscience Series

What is Oxytocin?

Oxytocin, often called the snuggle hormone, is better thought of as the neuromodulator of the attachment system.  It is associated with group bonding, empathy through narrative, breast-feeding, and that warm-fuzzy feeling after orgasm.  The dark side of oxytocin, sometimes called the mother-bear effect, is outgroup intolerance, and exclusivity.  The divider between the two effects us […]

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Hypnotic Thoughts: Understanding Attachment

Attachment Theory, formulated by Bowlby is the neuroscientific theory of the mechanism of human bonding, romantic relationships and stress management.  It is mediated by the Oxytocin system.  There are four types of attachment discussed by Dr. Saint-Victor and Paul Ramsay in this video (secure, avoidant, anxious, and disorganized). If you would like to take an attachment […]