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Oxytocin decreases handgrip force in reaction to infant crying in females without harsh parenting experiences.
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PMID:  22037689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Infant crying can elicit sensitive caregiving as well as hostility and harsh parenting responses. In the current study (N = 42 females) with a double-blind experimental design, we tested the effect of intranasal oxytocin administration on the use of excessive force using a hand-grip dynamometer during listening to infant cry sounds. Participants' experiences with harsh parental discipline during childhood were found to moderate the effect of oxytocin administration on the use of excessive force. Participants' whose parents did not discipline them harshly used less excessive force in the oxytocin condition, but for participants who were disciplined harshly there was no difference between the oxytocin and placebo condition. Such effects were not found during listening to infant laughter. We conclude that early caregiving experiences constitute an important moderator of the prosocial and/or stress-reducing effects of oxytocin. Oxytocin administration may increase trust and cooperation in individuals with supportive backgrounds, but not generate this effect in individuals who as a consequence of unfavorable early caregiving experiences may have a bias toward negative interpretation of social cues.
Marian J Bakermans-Kranenburg; Marinus H van Ijzendoorn; Madelon M E Riem; Mattie Tops; Lenneke R A Alink
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Twin Study     Date:  2011-10-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social cognitive and affective neuroscience     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1749-5024     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-22     Completed Date:  2013-05-07     Revised Date:  2013-12-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101288795     Medline TA:  Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  951-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Intranasal
Hand Strength / physiology*
Infant Behavior / drug effects*
Linear Models
Middle Aged
Oxytocin / administration & dosage*
Parents / psychology*
Twins, Dizygotic
Twins, Monozygotic
Young Adult
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