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11 Interesting Effects of Oxytocin

Oxytocin fosters generosity

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In a 2007 study in the journal Public Library of Science ONE, participants inhaled oxytocin or a placebo through their noses, and then were given a decision on how to split money with a stranger. Those on oxytocin were 80 percent more generous, researchers said, and the hormone seemed to affect their sense of altruism as well.