When the Love Hormone Leads to Violence

  title={When the Love Hormone Leads to Violence},
  author={C. Nathan DeWall and Omri Gillath and Sarah D. Pressman and Lora L. Black and Jennifer A. Bartz and Jackob Moskovitz and Dean A. Stetler},
  journal={Social Psychological and Personality Science},
  pages={691 - 697}
Does oxytocin influence intimate partner violence (IPV)? Clues from prior research suggest that oxytocin increases prosocial behavior, but this effect is reversed among people with aggressive tendencies or in situations involving defensive aggression. Animal research also indicates that oxytocin plays a central role in defensive maternal aggression (i.e., protecting pups from intruders). Among highly aggressive people, a boost of oxytocin may cause them to use aggression toward close others as… 

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