Oxytocin promotes closer interpersonal distance among highly empathic individuals


A., Perry, Mankuta D., and Shamay-Tsoory S.G. “Oxytocin promotes closer interpersonal distance among highly empathic individuals.” Social, Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience 10, no. 1 (2015): 3 - 9.


The space between people, or 'interpersonal distance', creates and defines the dynamics of social interactions and is a salient cue signaling responsiveness and feeling comfortable. This distance is implicit yet clearly felt, especially if someone stands closer or farther away than expected. Increasing evidence suggests that Oxytocin (OT) serves as a social hormone in humans, and that one of its roles may be to alter the perceptual salience of social cues. Considering that empathic ability may shape the way individuals process social stimuli, we predicted that OT will differentially affect preferred interpersonal distance depending on individual differences in empathy. Participants took part in two interpersonal distance experiments: In the first, they had to stop a (computer visualized) protagonist when feeling most comfortable; in the second, they were asked to choose the room in which they would later discuss intimate topics with another. Both experiments revealed an interaction be

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