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Advances in Psychological Science    2018, Vol. 26 Issue (3) : 442-453     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.00442
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 The effects of oxytocin on empathic response and its mechanisms
 YUE Tong1,2,3; HUANG Xiting2,3; LIU Guangyuan4
 (1 Post-doctoral Station of Mathematics, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China) (2 Research Center for Psychology and Social Development, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China) (3 School of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China) (4 School of Electronics and Information Engineering, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China)
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Abstract  Oxytocin is a prosocial hormone that also has an important influence on human beings’ empathic responses. It can promote emotion recognition, enhance the empathic concern regarding others’ unfortunate experiences, and weaken the level of personal distress. With reference to the mechanisms, oxytocin may influence an individual's empathic response by promoting his/her embodied-simulation ability, weakening the tendency of self-centeredness, and regulating the emotional representation mechanism. Future studies could focus on the effects of oxytocin on the different types of empathic responses, the effects of oxytocin on gender differences in empathic responses, and actively using oxytocin in clinical interventions for empathy deficits.
Keywords oxytocin      empathic response      embodied-simulation      self-projection      emotional representation     
Corresponding Authors: HUANG Xiting, E-mail: LIU Guangyuan, E-mail:      E-mail: E-mail: , E-mail:
Issue Date: 31 January 2018
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YUE Tong,HUANG Xiting,LIU Guangyuan.  The effects of oxytocin on empathic response and its mechanisms[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2018, 26(3): 442-453.
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