Oxytocin receptor genetic variation relates to empathy and stress reactivity in humans

@article{Rodrigues2009OxytocinRG,
  title={Oxytocin receptor genetic variation relates to empathy and stress reactivity in humans},
  author={Sarina M. Rodrigues and Laura R. Saslow and Natalia Garc{\'i}a and Oliver P. John and Dacher Keltner},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={106},
  pages={21437 - 21441}
}
Oxytocin, a peptide that functions as both a hormone and neurotransmitter, has broad influences on social and emotional processing throughout the body and the brain. In this study, we tested how a polymorphism (rs53576) of the oxytocin receptor relates to two key social processes related to oxytocin: empathy and stress reactivity. Compared with individuals homozygous for the G allele of rs53576 (GG), individuals with one or two copies of the A allele (AG/AA) exhibited lower behavioral and… 

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