Social approach and avoidance behaviour for negative emotions is modulated by endogenous oxytocin and paranoia in schizophrenia

@article{Brown2014SocialAA,
  title={Social approach and avoidance behaviour for negative emotions is modulated by endogenous oxytocin and paranoia in schizophrenia},
  author={Elliot Clayton Brown and Cumhur Tas and Duygu Kuzu and Aysen Esen-Danaci and Martin Br{\"u}ne},
  journal={Psychiatry Research},
  year={2014},
  volume={219},
  pages={436-442}
}
Patients with schizophrenia suffer from dysfunctional social behaviour. Social approach and avoidance (AA) has been associated with motor responses, as the affective valence and gaze direction of facial stimuli can bias push and pull motor tendencies. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of endogenous oxytocin in social AA behaviour in schizophrenia. Basal plasma oxytocin levels were collected from 28 patients who were then given a joystick-based Approach-Avoidance Task (AAT… CONTINUE READING

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