Oxytocin gene partly responsible for how adolescents feel
Loneliness: could there be a genetic explanation for it? Yes, to some extent. At least in the case of young female adolescents who, it appears, are more likely to feel lonely in everyday life if they have a specific variant of the gene that regulates how oxytocin ? also known as the ?bonding hormone? ? is received in the brain. Boys who carry this variant are not lonelier but, like girls, respond more strongly to a negative social environment.
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