SAN DIEGO -- Researchers at the University of California San Diego are using a hormone that make people fall in love to assist patients with autism, bipolar disorder, anxiety and a host of other problems.
Scientists say oxytocin is the hormone released when a mother nurses or holds a child. It can also cause people fall in love at first sight.
Researchers say oxytocin can cause people to subtly shift their behavior. They say it administering to patients with autism helps them trust other people, listen more carefully to others and maintain eye contact longer.
So the question is could it make people fall in love? Dr Kai MacDonald says not likely, but it could help people a struggling marriage rekindle feelings of affection.
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