Oxytocin – ein prosoziales Hormon

Effekte in und außerhalb des Wochenbetts

Oxytocin: a prosocial hormone

Effects during and after childbirth

Zusammenfassung

Das Neuropeptid Oxytocin beeinflusst speziesübergreifend eine Reihe körperlicher Funktionen und sozialer Verhaltensweisen. Nicht zuletzt aufgrund neuer methodischer Möglichkeiten der Experimentalpsychologie sowie in der zerebralen Bildgebung konnten in den letzten Jahren Tier- und Humanstudien erhebliche Fortschritte bei der Untersuchung der Wirkweisen des oxytonergen Systems verzeichnen. Diese Übersichtsarbeit gibt einen Abriss über die neusten Kenntnisse der Rolle des Oxytocins in der frühen Mutter-Kind-Bindung sowie in sozialen Interaktions- und Informationsprozessen.

Abstract

The neuropeptide oxytocin influences various physiological and social functions. In recent years animal and human research has progressed in the study of the oxytonergic system due to methodological advances in experimental psychology and neuroimaging. This review summarizes the latest results on the role of oxytocin in early mother-child bonding as well as in social interaction and information processing.

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Bertsch , K., Herpertz, S. Oxytocin – ein prosoziales Hormon. Gynäkologische Endokrinologie 9, 36–40 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10304-010-0388-4

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Schlüsselwörter

  • Oxytocin
  • Hormone
  • Soziale Verhaltensweisen
  • Zwischenmenschliche Interaktion
  • Hypothalamus-Hypophysen-System

Keywords

  • Oxytocin
  • Hormones
  • Social cognition
  • Interpersonal interaction
  • Hypothalamic-pituitary system