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Seduction Super-Responders and Hyper-Trusters

Karol M. Pessin

in Pathological Altruism

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199738571
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918669 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738571.003.0243
Seduction Super-Responders and Hyper-Trusters

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This chapter reviews pathological altruism in the context of social biology. In particular, the focus is on the biology that may underlie a “seduction super-responder”—that is, a person who is highly reactive to social persuasion, as well as a “hyper-truster—one who misplaces trust as a result of failing to adequately detect social signals. Oxytocin, vasopressin, CD38, and related molecules are explored in this context. Group behaviors, as for example emotional contagion, are discussed in the context of autonomic reactions. Pathological altruism may be viewed as a distorted, and possibly co-opted, response to social signals based, at least in part, on biology.

Keywords: altruism; CD38; oxytocin; seduction; social biology; trust; vasopressin; social signals

Chapter.  9331 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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