Oxytocin helps autistics recognise emotions

A new study¬†hasfound that participants with Asperger’s Syndrome (high functioning autism) who were given an oxytocin injection were better able to interpret facial expressions and had more memories of people’s emotional states than those taking a placebo .

Eric Hollander, who led the research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City, believes that oxytocin could have an important impact on the core symptoms of autistic spectrum disorders and could form the basis for the first successful medications to treat autistic symptoms.

Oxytocin seems to be the first investigative treatment approach that holds promise for treating core symptoms like social cognition problems.

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