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One of their most recent publications is An evolutionary perspective on oxytocin and its behavioral effects. Which was published in journal Current Opinion in Psychology.

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Steven W Gangestad's Articles: (2)

An evolutionary perspective on oxytocin and its behavioral effects

Highlights•A number of theories have been proposed to account for the effects of oxytocin.•The circumstances in which oxytocin is released are also key to an understanding of function.•Oxytocin's psychological effects likely evolved through cooption of effects on mothers.•Oxytocin may gear attention and motives toward at-risk but valued relationships.•Oxytocin may more generally modulate how an organisms resources are utilized.

Editorial overview: Evolutionary psychology

Functional approaches in psychology — which ask what behavior is good for — are almost as old as scientific psychology itself. Yet sophisticated, generative functional theories were not possible until developments in evolutionary biology in the mid-20th century. Arising in the last three decades, evolutionary psychology was inspired by these developments. This field cuts across traditional subdisciplines in psychology (e.g. social, cognitive, personality, developmental, abnormal psychology, and so on). As testified by the 23 papers in this issue, evolutionary psychology today thrives as a highly integrative, cross-disciplinary, generative approach to understanding human behavior.

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