Oxytocin and the Pharmacological Dissection of Affiliation

  title={Oxytocin and the Pharmacological Dissection of Affiliation},
  author={Jennifer A. Bartz},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={104 - 110}
  • Jennifer A. Bartz
  • Published 1 April 2016
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
Popularly hailed as the “love hormone,” oxytocin has emerged as a key variable in the regulation of human social cognition and behavior. In particular, research using intranasal oxytocin to pharmacologically manipulate the availability of oxytocin shows that oxytocin augmentation can promote a wide range of affiliative processes; however, evidence also shows null and even antisocial effects. Rather than random error to be eliminated, such variability may offer clues about the mechanisms by… 

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