Oxytocin's Effects on Well-Being and Social Interactions
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This thesis provides a critical review of past research on the different psychological and behavioral effects of the hormone oxytocin. The first part of the review presents research investigating the positive effects of oxytocin on social interactions through empathy, sexual motivation, and response to betrayal. The second part of the review presents research investigating the positive effects of oxytocin on psychological well-being through a diminished response to stress and through lowered levels of anxiety and depression.