Empathy, Target Distress, and Neurohormone Genes Interact to Predict Aggression for Others–Even Without Provocation

@article{Buffone2014EmpathyTD,
  title={Empathy, Target Distress, and Neurohormone Genes Interact to Predict Aggression for Others–Even Without Provocation},
  author={Anneke Buffone and Michael J. Poulin},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  year={2014},
  volume={40},
  pages={1406 - 1422}
}
Can empathy for others motivate aggression on their behalf? This research examined potential predictors of empathy-linked aggression including the emotional state of empathy, an empathy target’s distress state, and the function of the social anxiety-modulating neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin. In Study 1 (N = 69), self-reported empathy combined with threat to a close other and individual differences in genes for the vasopressin receptor (AVPR1a rs3) and oxytocin receptor (OXTR rs53576) to… Expand
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