Yet another study on human empathy and kindness

You may remember a post we made about a study that concluded that bashful people tend to be more trustworthy and kind than others. Well, it may be that such trustworthy behavior is based, to an extent, on genetics…


The study found that the participants who were rated the most trustworthy were genetically distinct; they had a particular “variation” of the oxytocin receptor gene: the GG genotype (as opposed to the AA or AG genotype). Oxytocin is a hormone that greatly effects how people interact and bond with each other, explaining its nickname as the “love hormone.”


by Deborah Lee