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date: 05 August 2020

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Scientific understanding of the neuroendocrine foundations of human social behavior has grown substantially in recent decades. Methodological advances now allow for empirical research on neuroendocrine contributors to both stable differences between individuals (e.g., personality traits) and fluctuations within individuals (e.g., situational influences) in how social relationships are formed and maintained. This chapter will provide an overview of recent research documenting the role of (1) oxytocin and vasopressin; (2) estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone; and (3) cortisol on romantic, parental, and friendship relationships in humans.

Keywords: social behavior, relationships, affiliation, hormones, peptides, steroids

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