Image via WikipediaPeople with Asperger syndrome, a mild form of autism, dramatically improve their social learning skills and spend more time gazing at pictures of faces after inhaling a whiff of the social-bonding hormone oxytocin, researchers have found.
The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, is the first to demonstrate the effects of oxytocin — a hormone that promotes mother-infant bonding, socialization, trust and cooperation — in people diagnosed with Asperger's.-- Twin Cities
I think this ties in with some of my earlier musings on the role of the nose and emotions in a nonverbal learning disorder. I don't really have a good sense of smell. The nose has a direct connection to the amygdala through the olfactory nerves going from the nose to the brain.
In the conference, Autism+, Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg has proposed that one of the key issues in autism is the integration between the amygdala and the frontal lobes.Journey through the Cortex,