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Why do you say "boys only"? I don't think there's any evidence that sniffing oxytocin wouldn't have similar effects on women. In general, males are overwhelmingly the subjects of these and most studies, because it's difficult to account for fluctuations in women's hormonal levels.

Only one oxytocin study that I know of included women. See http://www.hugthemonkey.com/2006/06/oxytocin_keeps_.html

In that study of couples, the lead researcher, Beate Ditzen, found no differences in the effects between men and women.

In the case of this "mind-reading" test, women may perform better in general, which might make it harder to note a difference.

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Oxycontin and oxytocin are 2 different drugs was this a typo

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I found this article very interesting because it always has frusterated me that guys couldn't always tell what I was thinking! Does it have to be administered through the nose to be affective? I wonder what this drug would do to women then, since they seem to read people's emotions better than men. I liked this article, it was a fun tid-bit


Ummm in the first sentence you refer to oxytocin as oxycontin

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I picked up on the mis typed oxycontin reference in the first sentence too. None the less those are very interesting findings. I wonder what direction they're heading and how they may try to use this information in the future.

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