Oxytocin: more than just the cuddle hormone


About the research

Do you ever stress about presentations? Imagine if you felt that stress all the time. Well, that is the case with some individuals, such as children with autism. They find social interactions to be frightening and sometimes even threatening. Can a nasal spray with oxytocin (aka "the hugging hormone") relieve them of that stress? That is what Nicky Daniels is investigating at KU Leuven.

Nicky Daniels
KU Leuven

Nicky Daniels has a heart for science and well-being. After her studies in psychology and several years of experience as a research assistant, she focused on her own PhD research at Leuven Autism Research (LAuRes) at the KU Leuven. She studies the long-term effects of oxytocin treatment on stress responses in children with an autism spectrum disorder. Finally, together with the research team, she will investigate which individual differences between children play a role in the effect of oxytocin.

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