The Evolution of the Love Hormone
How oxytocin promotes care in humans and other animals.
Last week on the Nature & Nurture Podcast I interviewed the legendary Dr. C. Sue Carter, the world’s leading expert on oxytocin and the neurobiology of love. Find the podcast on YouTube and Spotify.
This week I published an article in Psychology Today overviewing what I learned from our conversation and related readings about the evolution of oxytocin and the neurobiology of love. Key points:
Oxytocin promotes love, care, and social bonding in humans and other animals.
Oxytocin is as old as mammals and first evolved to facilitate the basic muscle contractions of birth and lactation.
Evolution co-opted this system for parental care into the love hormone we know today.