It’s an age-old complaint, at least judging by the highly scientific content found in women’s magazines: Men just aren’t snuggly enough and, what’s more, they don’t empathize enough either. Hmph! But a hormone-laced nasal spray might change all that for the better. —KA
A nasal spray can make men more in tune with other people’s feelings, say a team of German and UK researchers.
They found that inhaling the “cuddle hormone” oxytocin made men just as empathetic as women.
The study in 48 volunteers also showed that the spray boosted the ability to learn from positive feedback.
Writing in the Journal of Neuroscience, the researchers said the spray may be useful for boosting behaviour therapy in conditions such as schizophrenia.