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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (5): 811-820.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.00811

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The Effects of vasopressin on human social behaviors

WU Xiaoyan1,2, FENG Chunliang2, XU Jiahua4, HE Zhenhong5, LUO Yi6, LUO Yuejia1,2,3()   

  1. 1 Center of Brain Disorder and Cognitive Sciences, College of Psychology and Sociology, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060
    2 Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Affective and Social Cognitive Science, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060
    3 Center for Emotion and Brain, Shenzhen Institute of Neuroscience, Shenzhen 518060
    4 College of Information Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, China 100875
    5 Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
    6 Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Virginia Tech, Roanoke, USA
  • Received:2018-05-10 Online:2019-05-15 Published:2019-03-20
  • Contact: LUO Yuejia


Arginine vasopressin (AVP) is one of neuroendocrine hormones which plays an important role in regulating human social behaviors. Firstly, studies about family bonding revealed that AVP is related to facilitating sexual behaviors and fatherhood in males. Secondly, studies concerning emotion perception or social assessment found that AVP is associated with inter-male aggression and inter-female affiliation. Finally, studies on social decision-making revealed that AVP promotes social engagement/cooperation associated with self-interest in males and associated with reestablishing interpersonal relationship in females. The limitations of previous studies include: i) most of evidence on effects of AVP was based on male subjects; ii) the potential clinical application of AVP treatment needs further investigation; iii) potential contextual or individual variables that modulates or mediates AVP effects needs to be identified. Future studies should also evaluate the modulations of AVP on other aspects in human social behaviors, e.g., emotion regulation, learning.

Key words: arginine vasopressin, human social behaviors, gender differences

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