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A nasal spray which increases our trust for strangers is showing promise as a treatment for social phobia, say scientists from Zurich University.
They found that people who inhaled the "love hormone" oxytocin continued to trust strangers with their money - even after they were betrayed.
Brain scans showed the hormone lowered activity in the amygdala - a region which is overactive in social phobics.
Originally posted by halfmask
Sure this was intended for good, but the potential for people too abuse it is just to large.
Originally posted by vox2442
If you suddenly find that every time you walk into an electronics store, you walk out with $10,000 worth of home electronics, with extended warranties into the next century and enough monster cable to choke a giraffe, you'll know this stuff has gone to production..
Originally posted by dgtempe
I mean, i wouldnt go to the doctor to ask for a drug that would make me trust people!!
Originally posted by andy1033
Maybe your untrusting of people because of what was done to you, and thats natures way of dealing with it. To be trusting of people is dangerous.
Originally posted by whatukno
This is indeed frightening, and the delivery method makes this way way to easy for abuse. I may be paranoid but I would rather be paranoid and safe than to be overtrusting of others especially when in this day and age there are so many that are willing to take advantage of you.
Originally posted by applebiter
The article didn't say the hormone would adversely impact your cognitive function, only that it would reduce distrust.