My research area of interest is social psychology, specifically the role of hormones in human behaviour. I am currently interested in the role of Oxytocin in several categories of social relationships: generic social relationships, parent-offspring relationships, pair bond relationships. My research is designed to investigate the different effects of Oxytocin, if any, between these categories.
Selected publications (2014 onwards)
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Generic Social Relationships:
Barraza, J. A., Zak, P. J. (2009) Empathy towards strangers triggers Oxytocin release and subsequent generosity. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci., 1167, 182-189.
Kosfeld, M., Heinrich, M., Zak, P. J., Fischbacker, U., Fehr, E. (2005). Oxytocin increases trust in humans. Nature, 435, 673-676.
Morhenn, V. B., Park, J. W., Piper, E., Zak, P. J. (2008) Monetary sacfrice is among strangers is mediated by endogenous Oxytocin release after physical contact. Evolution and Human Behaviour, 29, 375-383.
Feldman, R., Gordon, I., Zagoory-Sharon, O. (2010). The cross-generation transmission of Oxytocin in humans. Hormones and Behaviour, 58(4), 669-676.
Gordon, I, Zagoory-Sharon, O., Leckman, J. F., Feldman, R. (2010). Oxytocin, Cortisol and triadic family interactions. Physiology and Behaviour, 101(5), 679-684.
Seltzer, L. J., Ziegler, T. E., Pollak, S. D. (2010). Social vocalisation can release Oxytocin in humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 277, 2661-2666.
Pair Bond Relationships:
Taylor, S. E., (2010) Are plasma oxytocin in women and plasma vasopressin in men biomarkers of distressed pair-bond relationships? Psychological Science, 21, 3-7.
ESRC 1+3 Studentship
2012: Zoology Bsc(Hons), Queen Mary, University of London
2012: Masters in Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University
2012: Funded attendance at the Annual Conference of the Society of Endocrinology