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Oxytocin makes a face in memory familiar.

Rimmele, U, Hediger, K, Heinrichs, M and Klaver, P (2009) Oxytocin makes a face in memory familiar. J Neurosci, 29 (1). pp. 38-42.

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Social recognition is the basis of all social interactions. Here, we show that, in humans, the evolutionarily highly conserved neuropeptide oxytocin, after intranasal administration, specifically improves recognition memory for faces, but not for nonsocial stimuli. With increased oxytocin levels, previously presented faces were more correctly assessed as "known," whereas the ability of recollecting faces was unchanged. This pattern speaks for an immediate and selective effect of the peptide strengthening neuronal systems of social memory.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Rimmele, U
Hediger, K
Heinrichs, M
Date : 7 January 2009
DOI : 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4260-08.2009
Uncontrolled Keywords : Affect, Analysis of Variance, Attention, Double-Blind Method, Face, Humans, Male, Oxytocin, Pattern Recognition, Visual, Photic Stimulation, Reaction Time, Recognition (Psychology), Sex Factors, Wakefulness, Young Adult
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:40
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 19:47

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