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Dr. Andrew Gerber Comments on New Study of Autism: Psychiatry Online

Oxytocin Treatment May Improve Social Communication in Autism
February 5, 2014 - February 7, 2014

A new study adds to the growing body of research data suggesting that oxytocin treatment can improve social communication in individuals with autism and has identified brain activity that appears to underlie such social communication improvement...

“This is an extremely impressive study,” Andrew Gerber, M.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and a child and adolescent psychiatrist, told Psychiatric News. “Though previous studies have hinted at the efficacy of intranasal oxytocin in improving the core symptoms of autism, this is the first well-designed, randomized, controlled trial to show its effect on conflicting verbal and nonverbal social information.”

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