The Social Salience Hypothesis of Oxytocin

  title={The Social Salience Hypothesis of Oxytocin},
  author={Simone G. Shamay-Tsoory and Ahmad Abu-Akel},
  journal={Biological Psychiatry},
Oxytocin is a nonapeptide that also serves as a neuromodulator in the human central nervous system. Over the last decade, a sizeable body of literature has examined its effects on social behavior in humans. These studies show that oxytocin modulates various aspects of social behaviors such as empathy, trust, in-group preference, and memory of socially relevant cues. Several theoretical formulations have attempted to explain the effects of oxytocin. The prosocial account argues that oxytocin… CONTINUE READING
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