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Oxytocin and the altruistic ‘Goldilocks zone’

Nature Neurosciencevolume 22pages510512 (2019) | Download Citation

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When choosing whether to act altruistically, people may compare the current option to an idiosyncratic ideal. Prosocial individuals seem to represent deviations from that ideal in the amygdala, but selfish individuals do not. Oxytocin administration makes selfish individuals look more like prosocial individuals, behaviorally and neurally.

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    • Ian D. Roberts
    • , Yi Yang Teoh
    •  & Cendri A. Hutcherson
  2. Department of Marketing, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    • Cendri A. Hutcherson

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