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Intimacy visualised in the brain

Intimacy visualised in the brain - 14 February 2014. Aberdeen University
Highlights from: 20 years of bioscience

This image shows neurons making the 'love chemical' oxytocin within the brain.

Oxytocin expression in hypothalamus. Image: Aberdeen University
Oxytocin expression in hypothalamus.
Image: Aberdeen University

Oxytocin plays a part in social bonding, motherhood and pleasure. When you kiss or hug a loved one, the levels of this chemical shoot right up. But could this feel-good factor play a role in other physiological functions?

BBSRC-funded Dr Giuseppe D'Agostino at the University of Aberdeen is investigating the love chemical's role in food intake and, although this is in its early stages, it is possible that oxytocin could play a role in appetite.

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Learn more about Dr Giuseppe D'Agostino research with Prof Heisler's group at: www.abdn.ac.uk/rowett/research/lora-heisler.php

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