appicons_programming
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Authors:

  • Sara Algoe, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Two studies address the possibility that the social functions of the emotion of gratitude build on the biological architecture for bonding, via the neuropeptide oxytocin. Data from videorecorded social interactions between romantic partners and daily reports provide suggestive evidence in support of the co-evolved bio-psycho-social mechanisms supporting gratitude’s social functions.