Maternal oxytocin responsiveness improves specificity of positive social memory recall
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AbstractBackground
Oxytocin is related to positive parenting behaviours and social cognition. Long-term relationships are partly influenced by the social memory of a person. Positive social memory with the attachment figure may play a mediating role between oxytocin responsiveness and positive parenting behaviours.

Methodology
The study recruited 61 pairs of married mothers and preschool children from a community in Hong Kong. Sociodemographic background and neuroticism data of the respondents were collected in a laboratory. Salivary oxytocin and current mood rating were obtained 10 and 15 min before and after free play, respectively. After collecting the second salivary oxytocin samples, the mothers engaged in a parenting recall task.

Results
The mothers with high oxytocin responsiveness recalled previous positive social events with great detail and used uncontrollability attribution to explain such positive events.

Discussion
Oxytocin responsiveness influenced the recall of positive social events and attribution. This influence may enhance the sensitivity and positive behaviours of parenting.
Acceptance Date15/08/2018
All Author(s) ListTse W.S., Siu A.F.Y., Zhang Q., Chan H.Y.E.
Journal namePsychoneuroendocrinology
Year2018
Month12
Volume Number98
PublisherElsevier
Pages148 - 152
ISSN0306-4530
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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