Oxytocin increases emotional theory of mind, but only for low socioeconomic status individuals

Authors: Sun, R., Vuillier, L., Deakin, J. and Kogan, A.

Journal: Heliyon

Volume: 6

Issue: 3

ISSN: 2405-8440

DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03540

Abstract:

Studies have linked oxytocin to emotional theory of mind (eToM) — the ability to recognise and understand others' emotions. However, multiple replications have so far failed to reach a consistent result. Growing evidence suggests that oxytocin's positive effects on social-emotional tasks such as eToM are highly dependent on trait-level individual differences. In the present study, we theorised that socioeconomic status (SES) could influence oxytocin's impact on emotional mentalising processes. We tested our hypothesis in a double-blind between–subjects oxytocin nasal spray study on 147 Caucasian white male participants in the United Kingdom. In accordance with our hypothesis, we found that oxytocin (as compared to placebo) did boost emotional theory of mind, but only in people from low subjective SES backgrounds. Our results expand existing theory on how individual differences moderate oxytocin's role on social behaviours.

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Oxytocin increases emotional theory of mind, but only for low socioeconomic status individuals.

Authors: Sun, R., Vuillier, L., Deakin, J. and Kogan, A.

Journal: Heliyon

Volume: 6

Issue: 3

Pages: e03540

ISSN: 2405-8440

DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03540

Abstract:

Studies have linked oxytocin to emotional theory of mind (eToM) - the ability to recognise and understand others' emotions. However, multiple replications have so far failed to reach a consistent result. Growing evidence suggests that oxytocin's positive effects on social-emotional tasks such as eToM are highly dependent on trait-level individual differences. In the present study, we theorised that socioeconomic status (SES) could influence oxytocin's impact on emotional mentalising processes. We tested our hypothesis in a double-blind between-subjects oxytocin nasal spray study on 147 Caucasian white male participants in the United Kingdom. In accordance with our hypothesis, we found that oxytocin (as compared to placebo) did boost emotional theory of mind, but only in people from low subjective SES backgrounds. Our results expand existing theory on how individual differences moderate oxytocin's role on social behaviours.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/33525/

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Oxytocin increases emotional theory of mind, but only for low socioeconomic status individuals

Authors: Sun, R., Vuillier, L., Deakin, J. and Kogan, A.

Journal: HELIYON

Volume: 6

Issue: 3

ISSN: 2405-8440

DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03540

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Oxytocin Increases Emotional Theory of Mind, But Only for Low Socioeconomic Status Individuals

Authors: Sun, R., Vuillier, L., Deakin, J. and Kogan, A.

Journal: Heliyon

Publisher: Elsevier

ISSN: 2405-8440

Abstract:

Studies have linked oxytocin to emotional theory of mind (eToM) — the ability to recognise and understand others’ emotions. However, multiple replications have so far failed to reach a consistent result. Growing evidence suggests that oxytocin’s positive effects on social-emotional tasks such as eToM are highly dependent on trait-level individual differences. In the present study, we theorised that socioeconomic status (SES) could influence oxytocin’s impact on emotional mentalising processes. We tested our hypothesis in a double-blind between–subjects oxytocin nasal spray study on 147 Caucasian white male participants in the United Kingdom. In accordance with our hypothesis, we found that oxytocin (as compared to placebo) did boost emotional theory of mind, but only in people from low subjective SES backgrounds. Our results expand existing theory on how individual differences moderate oxytocin’s role on social behaviours.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/33525/

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Oxytocin increases emotional theory of mind, but only for low socioeconomic status individuals.

Authors: Sun, R., Vuillier, L., Deakin, J. and Kogan, A.

Journal: Heliyon

Volume: 6

Issue: 3

Pages: e03540

eISSN: 2405-8440

ISSN: 2405-8440

DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03540

Abstract:

Studies have linked oxytocin to emotional theory of mind (eToM) - the ability to recognise and understand others' emotions. However, multiple replications have so far failed to reach a consistent result. Growing evidence suggests that oxytocin's positive effects on social-emotional tasks such as eToM are highly dependent on trait-level individual differences. In the present study, we theorised that socioeconomic status (SES) could influence oxytocin's impact on emotional mentalising processes. We tested our hypothesis in a double-blind between-subjects oxytocin nasal spray study on 147 Caucasian white male participants in the United Kingdom. In accordance with our hypothesis, we found that oxytocin (as compared to placebo) did boost emotional theory of mind, but only in people from low subjective SES backgrounds. Our results expand existing theory on how individual differences moderate oxytocin's role on social behaviours.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/33525/

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