Washington: Oxytocin known as the love hormone also affects antisocial behaviour such as envy and gloating, says a new study."When the person`s association is positive, Oxytocin bolsters pro-social behaviour. When it is negative, the hormone increases negative sentiments," explains study author Simone Shamay-Tsoory of Haifa University in Israel. The present study comprised 56 volunteers, half of whom inhaled the synthetic form of the hormone in the first session and were then given a placebo (a dummy drug) in the second session. Others were given a placebo first and Oxytocin later.
Participants who inhaled the love hormone displayed higher levels of envy when the opponent won more money and of gloating when they were ahead, a Haifa release said. These findings were published in Biological Psychiatry. IANS
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