Oxytocin for everything?

One Molecule for Love, Morality, and Prosperity?

Why the hype about oxytocin is dumb and dangerous.

By |Posted Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 1:17 PM ET

Excerpt: “Sue Carter, who did much of the early oxytocin research with animals, views oxytocin as part of an adaptive system that allows us to coordinate our behavior with our social situation. It’s a system that acts against the background of our histories and emotions.

The problem with oxytocin research is that too many people have been focusing on cataloging what it does (at least in some situations), rather than how it works.”


My comment:

The clear link from the sensory environment to behavior is not the hormone oxytocin, it’s gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). The control of other hormones by GnRH, like the sex steroids that are linked to sex differences in behavior, includes its control of oxytocin secretion.

The epigenetic effects of nutrient chemicals on the hormone, GnRH and the epigenetic effects of pheromones, link food odors and pheromones directly to the development of the mammalian brain and behavior via what’s currently known about adaptive evolution via ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction. These epigenetic effects also link food odors and pheromones to oxytocin secretion and to the genetically predisposed development of food preferences and sexual preferences, which includes our varying degrees of self-reported love of food or love of another person.

With oxytocin, claims simply skip what’s currently known about the basic principles of biology and levels of biological organization, which are required to link sensory cause to classically conditioned effects on hormones that affect behavior. Suddenly, we then have the automagical affects of oxytocin on behavior with no need for social neuroscience. The hormone oxytocin does it all, and that’s all that matters. The principle is KISS (keep it simple stupid), and it is not surprising that it has worked well for more than a decade’s worth of study on oxytocin.

During the next decade, after more researchers learn about how odors and the sense of smell epigenetically effect GnRH and oxytocin, others may learn they have been misled by those who told them the human sense of smell wasn’t as important to our behavior as it is in other animals. It’s the sense of smell that directly effects GnRH, which results in the indirect effects measured in levels of hormones, like oxytocin, that can only affect behaviors that are directly linked to our sense of smell, as in all mammals.

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James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society