Can the ‘love hormone’ alleviate the impacts of childhood trauma?
Childhood trauma can profoundly change the brain during an important developmental period, increasing the chance of developing future mental health problems including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
Find out how researchers are investigating the ‘love hormone’, oxytocin, in animal studies. Learn how their research findings show the potential of oxytocin in preventing the development of mental illness after experiencing early life trauma.
About the presenter:
Dr Sarah Baracz is a Senior Research Associate in the School of Psychology at UNSW, Sydney. Her research investigates the links between early life trauma, vulnerability for mental illness, and changes to brain systems that regulate stress.