Journal article

Individual differences in allocation of funds in the dictator game associated with length of the arginine vasopressin 1a receptor RS3 promoter region and correlation between RS3 length and hippocampal mRNA

A Knafo, S Israel, A Darvasi, R Bachner-Melman, F Uzefovsky, L Cohen, E Feldman, E Lerer, E Laiba, Y Raz, L Nemanov, I Gritsenko, C Dina, G Agam, B Dean, G Bornstein, RP Ebstein

GENES BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2008

Abstract

Human altruism is a widespread phenomenon that puzzled evolutionary biologists since Darwin. Economic games illustrate human altruism by showing that behavior deviates from economic predictions of profit maximization. A game that most plainly shows this altruistic tendency is the Dictator Game. We hypothesized that human altruistic behavior is to some extent hardwired and that a likely candidate that may contribute to individual differences in altruistic behavior is the arginine vasopressin 1a (AVPR1a) receptor that in some mammals such as the vole has a profound impact on affiliative behaviors. In the current investigation, 203 male and female university students played an online version of..

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