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Empathy toward Strangers Triggers Oxytocin Release and Subsequent Generosity
Empathy is related to a variety of prosocial behaviors, but the brain mechanisms producing the experience of empathy have not been fully characterized. This study investigated whether the experienceExpand
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The heart of the story: Peripheral physiology during narrative exposure predicts charitable giving
Emotionally laden narratives are often used as persuasive appeals by charitable organizations. Physiological responses to a narrative may explain why some people respond to an appeal while others doExpand
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Effects of a 10-day oxytocin trial in older adults on health and well-being.
The neuropeptide oxytocin (OT) modulates functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and regulates a range of social processes. Clinical studies have used intranasal OTExpand
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Oxytocin infusion increases charitable donations regardless of monetary resources
This study examined if the prosocial effects of oxytocin (OT) extend from individuals to a generalized other who is in need. Participants played a series of economic games to earn money and wereExpand
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The neurobiology of collective action
This essay introduces a neurologically-informed mathematical model of collective action (CA) that reveals the role for empathy and distress in motivating costly helping behaviors. We report threeExpand
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Positive emotional expectations predict volunteer outcomes for new volunteers
Emotional expectations are likely to influence behavioral outcomes, even when entering novel situations. In the present study, it was proposed that positive emotional expectations would influenceExpand
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Physiological Synchronization Is Associated with Narrative Emotionality and Subsequent Behavioral Response
We used inter-subject correlation (ISC) analysis to assess whether synchronicity of PNS measures are related to stimulus emotionality or similarity in behavioral responses. Expand
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Testing the influence of testosterone administration on men’s honesty in a large laboratory experiment
The impact of testosterone on decision-making is a growing literature, with several reports of economically relevant outcomes. Similar to Wibral et al. (2012), we investigate the effects of exogenousExpand
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