Oxytocin Increases Trust in Humans – Reaction PaperTuhin Chakraborty 8/30/2007On my first day of boarding school, I still remember an unknown floormate bursting through my door, fifteen minutes late for class, begging to borrow my laptop for a presentation. Fifty dollars, he had promised me. Though the sum seemed gargantuan at the time, I was not one to trust him with my most prized possession, and felt no remorse in rejecting his request. It was my good fortune that the laptop my floormate eventually borrowed, and subsequently dropped and broke later that day, belonged to a small, quiet kid at the other end of the hall. This paper quantitatively provides numerous powerful arguments that show that if I had received an intranasal dose of oxytocin that morning, I probably would have been the unlucky one. The methods by which the experiments were conducted are airtight. The information is presented in an organized and compelling manner. But after dissecting the results of the experiments the paper presents, I am not entirely convinced of the accuracy of some of the conclusions that were drawn.The use of an economic game for the trust experiment was a solid foundation to work upon. Other methods of portraying trust in social engagements would have been difficult to quantify. Also, the fact that
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