Autism Journal Club

Influence of oxytocin on amygdala activation to negatively-valenced social stimuli in autistic and non-autistic women

Tanya Procyshyn from the University of Cambridge will be talking about her research. Description: The neurohormone oxytocin is thought to have broadly 'pro-social' effects on human social behaviour and cognition, resulting in interest in its applications in autism. However, the effects of oxytocin have rarely been tested in autistic women. In light of increasing evidence that oxytocin has opposite directional effects on anxiety in men and women--potentially increasing social anxiety in women--we tested the influence of oxytocin on amygdala activation to negatively-valenced facial stimuli in a sample of autistic and non-autistic women.