Is being shy something that is part of somebody’s personality, or can it actually be removed with some advances in medical science? After reading this post, you might be inclined to think that it is the latter. Researchers from the University of Zurich have come up with a spray that claims to relieve people of shyness, helping them socialize better with others. I don’t know about you, but I love my pint of Kilkennys and I think that darn well makes a much better socializing tool than any chemical-based spray. Unless you’re talking about pheromones, I’ll stick to my drink, thank you very much. Check out what this spray offers after the jump.
Apparently, this spray is so dummy proof that all you need to do to add a +5 to your self-confidence stats is just squirt some up your nose. According to the researchers, this spray will harness the powers of a feel-good hormone known as oxytocin, a neurotransmitter located in the brain that comes into play whenever social recognition and bonding are involved. This mammalian hormone is produced normally for anyone who is in love, and it also helps induce labor in pregnant woman. What the researchers have done is create a synthetic version of this, although I can already predict that there will be a warning to keep this out of reach of pregnant ladies lest they give birth prematurely when they step into the same elevator as you.
A recent study has shown that this spray has dramatically changed the behavior of 70 adults, where all the participants in the study immediately lost feelings of being anxious while interacting better with the rest of the group. In fact, spraying this up nasal passages was proven to be the most effective method of administration since it was absorbed into the body more rapidly. Clinical trials will be run soon, and should it past the tests with flying colors, expect to see this hit commercial markets within 5 years.
Source: Yahoo! News