Oxytocin is a neuromodulator (which is a physiological process that sends neurons to several different neurotransmitters in the CNS) in the brain and is activated in intimate situations. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3055728/)
Current preliminary research findings show how oxytocin plays a role in prolonged anxiety and stress from traumatic, or unpleasant, memories via the lateral septum (http://www.psypost.org/2013/07/the-love-hormone-is-2-faced-oxytocin-strengthens-bad-memories-19149).
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