This chapter explores research investigating the role of hormones in empathy, compassion, and self-compassion. The results of translational research ranging from rodent studies to human clinical trials suggest that the neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin are highly conserved across species and critical in the expression of many forms of prosocial behavior, particularly empathy and compassion. Recent research has begun to investigate the potential role of these neuroendocrine systems in self-compassion as well.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The Neuroscience of Empathy, Compassion, and Self-Compassion|
|Number of pages||23|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2018|
- Gene-environment interactions
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