In a preliminary study, the hormone oxytocin was shown to be associated with the ability to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships and healthy psychological boundaries with other people. The study appears in the July issue of Psychiatry.

"This is one of the first looks into the biological basis for human attachment and bonding," said Rebecca Turner, PhD, UCSF adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and lead author of the study. "Our study indicates that oxytocin may be mediating emotional experiences in close relationships."

-- Oxytocin - the hormone of love
Oxytocin

You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips
And there's no tenderness like before in your fingertips
You're trying hard not to show it, baby
But baby, baby I know it

You've lost that Oxy-to-cin...
Whoa, that Oxy-tocin...
You've lost that Oxytocin...
Now it's gone, gone, gone, wooooooh

Apologies to the Rigteous Brothers
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