Oxytocin-enforced norm compliance reduces xenophobic outgroup rejection

  title={Oxytocin-enforced norm compliance reduces xenophobic outgroup rejection},
  author={N. Marsh and D. Scheele and J. Feinstein and H. Gerhardt and S. Strang and W. Maier and R. Hurlemann},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={9314 - 9319}
  • N. Marsh, D. Scheele, +4 authors R. Hurlemann
  • Published 2017
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Significance In the midst of rapid globalization, the peaceful coexistence of cultures requires a deeper understanding of the forces that compel prosocial behavior and thwart xenophobia. Yet, the conditions promoting such outgroup-directed altruism have not been determined. Here we report the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled experiment showing that enhanced activity of the oxytocin system paired with charitable social cues can help counter the effects of xenophobia by fostering… CONTINUE READING
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