Distinct oxytocin effects on belief updating in response to desirable and undesirable feedback.

@article{Ma2016DistinctOE,
  title={Distinct oxytocin effects on belief updating in response to desirable and undesirable feedback.},
  author={Yina Ma and Shiyi Li and Chenbo Wang and Yi Liu and Wenxin Li and Xinyuan Yan and Qiang Chen and Shihui Han},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2016},
  volume={113 33},
  pages={9256-61}
}
Humans update their beliefs upon feedback and, accordingly, modify their behaviors to adapt to the complex, changing social environment. However, people tend to incorporate desirable (better than expected) feedback into their beliefs but to discount undesirable (worse than expected) feedback. Such optimistic updating has evolved as an advantageous mechanism for social adaptation. Here, we examine the role of oxytocin (OT)-an evolutionary ancient neuropeptide pivotal for social adaptation-in… CONTINUE READING
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