Oxytocin and Spirituality

Peter Forster Psychobiology

Oxytocin is a fascinating neurohormone which has been linked to parent-child bonding as well as romantic love, and to darker emotions such as the rejection of “foreigners”. A recent article suggests that it may also be an important factor in the development of spirituality. Joel Yager, writing in the NEJM Journal Watch Psychiatry, summarizes the study this way: Investigators enrolled …