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Effects of oxytocin administration on spirituality and emotional responses to meditation

Overview of attention for article published in Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, June 2016
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#7 of 1,723)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (98th percentile)

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56 news outlets
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7 blogs
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69 tweeters
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14 Facebook pages
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3 Google+ users
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1 Redditor

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Title
Effects of oxytocin administration on spirituality and emotional responses to meditation
Published in
Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, June 2016
DOI 10.1093/scan/nsw078
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Authors

Patty Van Cappellen, Baldwin M. Way, Suzannah F. Isgett, Barbara L. Fredrickson

Abstract

The oxytocin (OT) system, critically involved in social bonding, may also impinge on spirituality, which is the belief in a meaningful life imbued with a sense of connection to a Higher Power and/or the world. Midlife male participants (N = 83) were randomly assigned to receive intranasal OT or placebo. In exploratory analyses, participants were also genotyped for polymorphisms in two genes critical for oxytocin signaling, the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR rs53576) and CD38 (rs6449182 and rs3796863). Results showed that intranasal OT increased self-reported spirituality on two separate measures and this effect remained significant a week later. It also boosted participants' experience of specific positive emotions during meditation, at both explicit and implicit levels. Furthermore, the effect of OT on spirituality was moderated by OT-related genotypes. These results provide the first experimental evidence that spirituality, endorsed by millions worldwide, appears to be supported by OT.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 4 2%
Spain 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 167 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 28 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 27 16%
Student > Bachelor 22 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 19 11%
Researcher 16 9%
Other 44 25%
Unknown 17 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 68 39%
Neuroscience 20 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 17 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 9 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 4%
Other 28 16%
Unknown 24 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 535. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 July 2021.
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#32,946
of 21,399,109 outputs
Outputs from Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience
#7
of 1,723 outputs
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#800
of 277,821 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience
#2
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