Oxytocin Shapes the Neural Circuitry of Trust and Trust Adaptation in Humans

  title={Oxytocin Shapes the Neural Circuitry of Trust and Trust Adaptation in Humans},
  author={Thomas Baumgartner and Markus Heinrichs and Aline Vonlanthen and Urs Fischbacher and E. Fehr},
Trust and betrayal of trust are ubiquitous in human societies. Recent behavioral evidence shows that the neuropeptide oxytocin increases trust among humans, thus offering a unique chance of gaining a deeper understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying trust and the adaptation to breach of trust. We examined the neural circuitry of trusting behavior by combining the intranasal, double-blind, administration of oxytocin with fMRI. We find that subjects in the oxytocin group show no change in… CONTINUE READING
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