Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-8484
Rimmele, U; Hediger, K; Heinrichs, M; Klaver, P (2009). Oxytocin makes a face in memory familiar. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(1):38-42.
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:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
610 Medicine & health
|Deposited On:||12 Jan 2009 15:13|
|Last Modified:||27 Nov 2013 16:45|
|Publisher:||Society for Neuroscience|
|Additional Information:||Holder of copyright: The Society for Neuroscience|
|Citations:||Web of Science®. Times Cited: 134|
Scopus®. Citation Count: 143
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