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A Biological Cause of Behavior?

A biological cause of behavior?


November 21, 2005

Scientists have found startling differences in a hormone linked to
social bonding in children who spent their first years in foreign orphanages. These changes remain two years after they have gone from an
environment of neglect to one of love and attention.

The finding, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy
of Sciences, suggests that early experience can leave a biochemical mark
and that, in turn, can shape lifetime experience.

The hormone, oxytocin, has been called the peptide of love. New mothers
and fathers release this hormone in abundance. So do their babies. It
bonds parent and child....

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