6.02.2005

Hormone Spray Is Found To Bolster Trust in Others

This sounds crazy.
"Some may worry about the prospect that political operators will generously spray the crowd with oxytocin at rallies of their candidates," said neurologist Antonio R. Damasio of the University of Iowa, who has long studied the neurobiology of human emotions and who wrote a commentary accompanying the study.
Hormone Spray Is Found To Bolster Trust in Others

Imagine if it worked? That would be nuts. Basically brainwashing us to do things we would not normally do. Yikes.

4 comments:

Braveharte said...

Now this is very interesting... Oxytocin is widely used in your brain to promote many forms of attachment behavior. For example, it promotes erections in male rats and seems to be released during orgasm. In females, it is associated with the onset of flirtation and eliciting sexual contact. Additionally, it is responsible for mother-child bonding and decreases aggression in both sexes. The study... which I found a copy of if you are interested in seeing it... used all males and of course only looked at "trust", but it would be interesting to know what other side effects this might have or how the "trust" may be directed toward the wrong person...

The Math Ninja said...

That is interesting. The article I found talked little about the actual study itself, so yes...I would like to see a copy of it. :)

Braveharte said...

What e-mail should I send it to?

The Math Ninja said...

send it to my k-state account.(nmh5959)