Females find social interactions more rewarding than males: In a study published by Georgia State University on the brain system that shows the rewarding properties of social interactions have now found that women get same-sex social interactions to be more rewarding than men.
In the study, it was also found that females are more sensitive to the rewarding actions of oxytocin (OT) than males.
Dr. Elliott Albers, lead author of the study speaking further on it said, “Recognising gender differences in social reward processing is essential for understanding sex differences in the occurrence of many mental health diseases and the development of gender-specific treatments for psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, substance abuse, and schizophrenia.”
In the Journal Neuropsychopharmacology, the study was published.
In the further research, it was found that while oxytocin acting within the ‘reward circuit’ in the brain is important for the rewarding properties of social interaction in both males and females, females are more sensitive than males in terms of actions of oxytocin.
Moreover, the team also found that like the excitement of social interactions increases among females, these interactions become more rewarding up to a certain point and then are reduced eventually.
It is well known that OT receptors in the brain play a major role in regulating various forms of social behaviour as well as pair bonding. Studies show that social support reduces drug use, stress and can predict better mental health outcomes in the treatment of various psychiatric disorders.
It is well known that OT receptors in the brain play a major role in regulating the various forms of social behavior as well as pair bonding. Studies show that social support reduces the use of drugs, stress, and can predict better mental health consequences in the treatment of various mental disorders.
The recent also showed that the activation of OT receptors was demanding for social interaction to be rewarding in both men and women.
But women were more sensitive to OT actions than men. This is the first study to give evidence that same-sex social interactions and OT are more rewarding in females than in males in an animal model. These findings are constant with human studies.