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Oxytocin shapes the priorities and neural representations of attitudes and values

  • René Hurlemann (a1) (a2), Nina Marsh (a2), Johannes Schultz (a2) and Dirk Scheele (a2)


The phylogenetically ancient neuropeptide oxytocin has been linked to a plethora of social behaviors. Here, we argue that the action of oxytocin is not restricted to the downstream level of emotional responses, but substantially alters higher representations of attitudes and values by exerting a distant modulatory influence on cortical areas and their reciprocal interplay with subcortical regions and hormonal systems.



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