Author Marianne Littlejohn Articles

Molecules of Love

Oxytocin, the hormone of love, stimulates cells in the heart muscle to release a chemical messenger called “atrial natriuretic peptide.” In other words, oxytocin affects the heart! Oxytocin molecules are molecules of love, the neurotransmitters of...

How Emotions Shape Your Baby’s Brain

Psychoanalyst John Bowlby’s landmark hypothesis—that attachment to a loving caregiver is the core element in optimal development from infancy to adulthood—was a great step in our understanding of babies and children. The questions he raised about the...