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Oxytocin drives prosocial biases in favor of attractive people

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 March 2017

René Hurlemann
Department of Psychiatry, University of Bonn, 53105 Bonn, Germanyrenehurlemann@icloud.comWolfgang.Maier@ukb.uni-bonn.de Division of Medical Psychology, University of Bonn, 53105 Bonn, GermanyDirk-Scheele@gmx.dejohannes.schultz@gmail.com German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), 53175 Bonn, Germany.
Dirk Scheele
Division of Medical Psychology, University of Bonn, 53105 Bonn, GermanyDirk-Scheele@gmx.dejohannes.schultz@gmail.com
Wolfgang Maier
Department of Psychiatry, University of Bonn, 53105 Bonn, Germanyrenehurlemann@icloud.comWolfgang.Maier@ukb.uni-bonn.de German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), 53175 Bonn, Germany.
Johannes Schultz
Division of Medical Psychology, University of Bonn, 53105 Bonn, GermanyDirk-Scheele@gmx.dejohannes.schultz@gmail.com


Current perspectives on attractiveness-related prosocial biases emphasize the contribution of evolutionarily shaped mating drives. Here, we extend these concepts by highlighting the pivotal role of the hypothalamic peptide oxytocin in augmenting the salience and rewarding value of social stimuli, including the partner's face, thereby fostering social bonding in general and the stability of monogamous pair bonds and offspring care in particular.

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