Empathy toward Strangers Triggers Oxytocin Release and Subsequent Generosity

@article{Barraza2009EmpathyTS,
  title={Empathy toward Strangers Triggers Oxytocin Release and Subsequent Generosity},
  author={Jorge A. Barraza and Paul J. Zak},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={1167}
}
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 experience of empathy raises oxytocin levels and affects subsequent generosity toward strangers. Short video clips of an emotional scene and an unemotional scene were used as stimuli. Participants rated the emotions they experienced and then played a $40 ultimatum game to gauge their generosity. We found that… 
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