Effects of Oxytocin and Prosocial Behavior on Brain Responses to Direct and Vicariously Experienced Pain

  title={Effects of Oxytocin and Prosocial Behavior on Brain Responses to Direct and Vicariously Experienced Pain},
  author={T. Singer and R. Snozzi and G. Bird and P. Petrovi{\'c} and G. Silani and M. Heinrichs and R. Dolan},
  journal={Emotion (Washington, D.C.)},
  pages={781 - 791}
  • T. Singer, R. Snozzi, +4 authors R. Dolan
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Emotion (Washington, D.C.)
  • In this study, we tested the validity of 2 popular assumptions about empathy: (a) empathy can be enhanced by oxytocin, a neuropeptide known to be crucial in affiliative behavior, and (b) individual differences in prosocial behavior are positively associated with empathic brain responses. To do so, we measured brain activity in a double-blind placebo-controlled study of 20 male participants either receiving painful stimulation to their own hand (self condition) or observing their female partner… CONTINUE READING
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