a hormone involved in nurturing and social behaviors; often nicknamed the "cuddle hormone"; particularly important in maternal bonding. Releasing this hormone makes us feel secure and protected and lowers our stress level, but this effect seems to require us to to have experienced some affection during childhood. The area of the brain that acts as the receptor for oxytocin is also the reward centre associated with drug addictions.

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