Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Inhalant used to help bonding in autism

Major brain structures implicated in autism.Image via Wikipedia
People 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,

Diagram showing locations of several important...
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