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Whiff of ‘Love Hormone’ Helps Monkeys Show a Little Kindness

5th December 2011

A study led by neuroscientist Michael Platt at Duke University discovered that administering the hormone Oxytocin nasally (commonly know as the ‘cuddle’ or ‘love hormone’) made rhesus macaque monkeys treat each other a little more kindly.

In repeated trials the monkeys demonstrated ‘prosocial’ behaviour, giving each other squirts of juice even when they didn’t get them themselves after being administered the mammalian neurosecretory hormone.

Read Science Daily’s article or you can click here to read the full paper from the ‘Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America’.

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