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Oxytocin enhances brain reward system responses in men viewing the face of their female partner

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, November 2013
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Title
Oxytocin enhances brain reward system responses in men viewing the face of their female partner
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, November 2013
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1314190110
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Authors

D. Scheele, A. Wille, K. M. Kendrick, B. Stoffel-Wagner, B. Becker, O. Gunturkun, W. Maier, R. Hurlemann

Abstract

The biological mechanisms underlying long-term partner bonds in humans are unclear. The evolutionarily conserved neuropeptide oxytocin (OXT) is associated with the formation of partner bonds in some species via interactions with brain dopamine reward systems. However, whether it plays a similar role in humans has as yet not been established. Here, we report the results of a discovery and a replication study, each involving a double-blind, placebo-controlled, within-subject, pharmaco-functional MRI experiment with 20 heterosexual pair-bonded male volunteers. In both experiments, intranasal OXT treatment (24 IU) made subjects perceive their female partner's face as more attractive compared with unfamiliar women but had no effect on the attractiveness of other familiar women. This enhanced positive partner bias was paralleled by an increased response to partner stimuli compared with unfamiliar women in brain reward regions including the ventral tegmental area and the nucleus accumbens (NAcc). In the left NAcc, OXT even augmented the neural response to the partner compared with a familiar woman, indicating that this finding is partner-bond specific rather than due to familiarity. Taken together, our results suggest that OXT could contribute to romantic bonds in men by enhancing their partner's attractiveness and reward value compared with other women.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 1%
Germany 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Czechia 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
China 1 <1%
Other 3 <1%
Unknown 347 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 104 28%
Student > Bachelor 52 14%
Researcher 50 14%
Student > Master 31 8%
Professor 25 7%
Other 78 21%
Unknown 25 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 132 36%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 62 17%
Neuroscience 59 16%
Medicine and Dentistry 24 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 11 3%
Other 38 10%
Unknown 39 11%

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