Improved Social Skills? We Have Medication For That

February 17, 2010 at 3:52 am Leave a comment

Reuters reports

 

They found patients who inhaled the hormone oxytocin paid more attention to expressions when looking at pictures of faces and were more likely to understand social cues in a game simulation, the researchers said in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Angela Sirigu of the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience in Lyon, who led the study, said the hormone has a therapeutic potential in adults as well as in children with autism.

“For instance, if oxytocin is administered early when the diagnosis is made, we can perhaps change very early the impaired social development of autistic patients,” Sirigu said in an email.

Sirigu said the study focused on oxytocin because it was known to help breast-feeding mothers bond with their infants and because earlier research has shown that some children with autism have low levels of the hormone.

That is good news for me because it would me with my social skills significantly. Making eye contact has always been difficult because I put significant effort towards to listening to verbal cues. Trying to put 100% focus with reading both nonverbal and verbal cues makes socialization a very tiring experience.

The only time where the subject level of intense focus would be applied is on a first date or a job interview.  . The focus required makes socialization with other people to be a chore. So usually, I put about 75% effort and that is usually enough.

However, to have a drug that allows me to put 100% effort into social skills would increase my ability to have improved relationships with friends and coworkers.

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