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Hormone May Help Protect Monogamous Relationships

Hormone May Help Protect Monogamous Relationships
11/15/2012 4:25 PM ET

Men in monogamous relationships who are dosed with the hormone oxytocin, may be less likely to stray from their partner, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience (November 12).

The study isolated two groups of 57 men: the first group were in a stable, monogamous relationship, half of them got a few puffs of the hormone through the nostrils, and half of them got a few puffs of a placebo; the second group, heterosexual men in non-exclusive relationships, were given the same treatment.

After the doses were given, a female scientist approached the men, who were instructed to tell her to stop at an appropriate distance. The men in monogamous relationships were recorded to have requested the female scientist to stop at the greatest distance.

The study's authors write that oxytocin's ability to promote monogamy in men "may normally depend on the presence of a close positive relationship in the bond with their female partners and close physical proximity between the couple."

In an LA Times' article on the study, a poll asks if women are now "on the market for oxytocin" upon knowing about this study's results. The results of the poll read 47% answered "yes."

by RTT Staff Writer

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