Presentation Title

The Effects of Behavioral Oxytocin Modification on Romantic Attitudes

Presenter's Name(s)

Madeline Yvette Powell, UVMFollow

Project Collaborators

Wilson Captein (Graduate Student Mentor) and Salli-Ann Holloway (Collaborating Undergraduate Student)

Time

1:10 PM

Location

Williams Family Room

Abstract

Human beings make decisions based on implicit and explicit processes. The implicit processes are regulated by hormones; however, the same hormone could affect multiple behaviors. In this study, I will modify oxytocin levels by manipulating feelings of trustworthiness and observe if the changes in oxytocin levels affect a distinct construct controlled by this hormone: evaluative processes of romantic stimuli. I will utilize a neuroeconomic game to manipulate endogenous oxytocin levels and observe whether this manipulation changes people’s attitudes towards romantic pictures and their overall desire for a romantic connection.

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Alessandra Rellini

Graduate Student Mentors

Wilson Captein

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Arts and Sciences

Program/Major

Neuroscience

Primary Research Category

Social Sciences

Secondary Research Category

Biological Sciences

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The Effects of Behavioral Oxytocin Modification on Romantic Attitudes

Human beings make decisions based on implicit and explicit processes. The implicit processes are regulated by hormones; however, the same hormone could affect multiple behaviors. In this study, I will modify oxytocin levels by manipulating feelings of trustworthiness and observe if the changes in oxytocin levels affect a distinct construct controlled by this hormone: evaluative processes of romantic stimuli. I will utilize a neuroeconomic game to manipulate endogenous oxytocin levels and observe whether this manipulation changes people’s attitudes towards romantic pictures and their overall desire for a romantic connection.