Hormone spray makes people more trusting

2019-03-02 06:06:01

IT SOUNDS like a boon for con artists: a hormone that makes people trust you. Just give them a crafty whiff of it, and hey presto! – they’re giving you all their money with no questions asked. That is one possibility suggested by a study showing that three puffs of a nasal spray containing the hormone oxytocin makes people more likely to trust strangers with their money. The study centred on a game in which an “investor” player gives money to an anonymous “trustee”,