Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Understanding Other MindsPerspectives from developmental social neuroscience$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Simon Baron-Cohen, Michael Lombardo, and Helen Tager-Flusberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199692972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692972.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 23 February 2019

Social neuropeptides in the human brain

Social neuropeptides in the human brain

Oxytocin and social behavior

(p.291) Chapter 16 Social neuropeptides in the human brain
Understanding Other Minds

Markus Heinrichs

Frances S. Chen

Gregor Domes

Oxford University Press

The neuropeptide oxytocin plays a central role in mammalian social behaviour and cognition. In humans, oxytocin contributes to the motivation and ability to understand the minds of others through several mechanisms. It regulates social approach by reducing social stress, increasing motivation for positive social interaction, and promoting attachment and social bonding. In addition, it enhances emotion recognition—a cognitive facet of empathy—and regulates social memory. Intranasal administration of oxytocin shows therapeutic promise for patients with mental disorders characterized by social deficits, including autism spectrum disorder, social anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder, and schizophrenia. Continuing research on oxytocin’s role in human social behaviour is contributing to a broader understanding of the neuroendocrinology of the social brain and may eventually lead to the development of more effective treatments for social disorders.

Keywords:   Neuropeptides, Oxytocin, Social Approach, Empathy, Psychobiological Therapy

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .