The neuropeptide, oxytocin, has been linked to many beneficial characteristics and behaviors in both humans and other mammals. Considered the “Love Molecule” by Dr. Paul Zak in his groundbreaking book, The Moral Molecule, How Trust Works, it has become a hot topic, drawing funds for in-depth analysis by scientific researchers.
Melissa Brown reported the following for The Independent Florida Alligator:
UF researchers to study oxytocin effects
A pair of grants totaling $3.75 million has been awarded to a pair of UF College of Pharmacy researchers to study oxytocin’s role in regulating the body’s response to stress and anxiety.
Charles Jason Frazier received a five-year, $1.875 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study how oxytocin influences the brain structures that affect mood and social behavior. Eric Krause secured a five-year, $1.875 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
He will study how slightly elevated sodium levels cause changes that reduce the impact of psychological stress. Frazier is an associate professor and Krause is an assistant professor in the UF College of Pharmacy’s department of pharmacodynamics.
Why is the study of oxytocin so important to SexFraud victims?
Oxytocin is thought to possess the key to sociopathy and conscience. Without properly functioning levels of oxytocin and oxytocin receptors, people fail to develop a conscience to inhibit their bad acts toward others. It also seems to serve as the basis for caring, trust and bonding. The more we know about this amazing neuropeptide, the better equipped we’ll be to understand, and potentially ameliorate, the skewed morality that results from deficiencies.
Just as children, today, who experience ADHD can be treated for their issues, perhaps one day medical intervention can help foster empathy for children who show the early signs of destructive, consciousless behaviors such as animal mutilation and bullying.
Parents often see the pattern of inhumane “affect” evolve, but they are not aware what the signals mean. And even if they were, there is very little intervention or a proven strategy that can help a child who has a brain chemistry deficiency.
Because they know wrong from right, but chose to ignore rules and laws that protect the society around them, children who evolve into sociopaths are held responsible for their behaviors like everyone else. Imagine if there were a treatment available to help parents instill “caring” in a child who is clueless and immune to the normal structures that instill boundaries in chemically balanced children.
Bravo to the researchers at the University of Florida for furthering our knowledge on the impacts of oxytocin! Perhaps someone in their psychology department could take on the impacts of oxytocin on morality development and begin to lay a foundation for society’s cure for sociopathy.