Exposure to Hedione Increases Reciprocity in Humans

Berger, Sebastian; Hatt, Hanns; Ockenfels, Axel (2017). Exposure to Hedione Increases Reciprocity in Humans (In Press). Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 11(79), pp. 1-8. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00079

[img]
Preview
Text
Exposure to Hedione increases Reciprocity in Humans_SB_OA_2017.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons: Attribution (CC-BY).

Download (455kB) | Preview

Cooperation among unrelated humans is frequently regarded as a defining feature in the evolutionary success of our species. Whereas, much research has addressed the strategic and cognitive mechanisms that underlie cooperation, investigations into chemosensory processes have received very limited research attention. To bridge that gap, we build on recent research that has identified the chemically synthesized odorant Hedione (HED) as a ligand for the putative human pheromone receptor (VN1R1) expressed in the olfactory mucosa, and hypothesize that exposure to HED may increase reciprocity. Applying behavioral economics paradigms, the present research shows that exposure to the ligand causes differentiated behavioral effects in reciprocal punishments (Study 1) as well as rewards (Study 2), two types of behaviors that are frequently regarded as essential for the development and maintenance of cooperation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Organisation

UniBE Contributor:

Berger, Sebastian

Subjects:

600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISSN:

1662-5153

Publisher:

Frontiers Research Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Claudia Probst

Date Deposited:

09 Nov 2017 14:54

Last Modified:

09 Nov 2017 14:54

Publisher DOI:

10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00079

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.106550

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/106550

Actions (login required)

Edit item Edit item
Provide Feedback