publication . Article . Other literature type . 2016

Vasopressin increases human risky cooperative behavior

Claudia Brunnlieb; Gideon Nave; Colin F. Camerer; Stephan Schosser; Bodo Vogt; Thomas F. Münte; Marcus Heldmann;
Open Access English
  • Published: 08 Feb 2016
  • Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
  • Country: United States
Abstract
The history of humankind is an epic of cooperation, which is ubiquitous across societies and increasing in scale. Much human cooperation occurs where it is risky to cooperate for mutual benefit because successful cooperation depends on a sufficient level of cooperation by others. Here we show that arginine vasopressin (AVP), a neuropeptide that mediates complex mammalian social behaviors such as pair bonding, social recognition and aggression causally increases humans’ willingness to engage in risky, mutually beneficial cooperation. In two double-blind experiments, male participants received either AVP or placebo intranasally and made decisions with financial co...
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Medical Subject Headings: genetic structureshormones, hormone substitutes, and hormone antagonistsnervous system
free text keywords: Social Sciences, Multidisciplinary, Social psychology, Vasopressin, Ventral pallidum, Social behavior, Stag hunt, Social identity approach, Aggression, medicine.symptom, medicine, Neuroeconomics, Cooperative behavior, Psychology
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