Oxytocin and the Biological Basis for Interpersonal and Political Trust

  title={Oxytocin and the Biological Basis for Interpersonal and Political Trust},
  author={Jennifer L. Merolla and Guy F. Burnett and Kenneth V. Pyle and Sheila Ahmadi and Paul J. Zak},
  journal={Political Behavior},
Political scientists have documented the many ways in which trust influences attitudes and behaviors that are important for the legitimacy and stability of democratic political systems. They have also explored the social, economic, and political factors that tend to increase levels of trust in others, in political figures, and in government. Neuroeconomic studies have shown that the neuroactive hormone oxytocin, a peptide that plays a key role in social attachment and affiliation in non-human… 

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