Oxytocin and Autism - UCTV - University of California Television
Oxytocin and Autism
Premiere Date: 4/21/2009; 51 minutes

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Animal studies suggest that oxytocin facilitates social cognitive abilities crucial to social success and is involved in prosocial behavior in healthy humans. Dr. Hollander s lab seeks to apply these findings to the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Oxytocin may play a role in autism, given that social interaction deficits are a core feature of autism, and that oxytocin is involved in regulating affiliative behaviors. Studies also show that intravenous administration of oxytocin reduces repetitive behaviors and improves social memory. Recorded on 8/7/2008. (#16228)

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