Autism not improved by oxytocin

The theory that oxytocin, the so-called trust hormone, could benefit children with autism has been debunked, according to new research.

Profesor Mark Dadds, of the UNSW School of Psychology, and his team conducted a randomised controlled clinical trial of 38 boys aged between seven and 16 years of age with autism.

Half were given a nasal spray of oxytocin on four consecutive days.

It was found that oxytocin did not significantly improve emotion recognition, social interaction skills, repetitive behaviours, or general behavioural adjustment.

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