Jennifer A. Bartz

Assistant Professor

Stewart Biological Sciences Bldg.
Room W8/33, 398-7626
jennifer.bartz at

Research Areas

Social-Personality, Behavioral Neuroscience

Research Summary

Professor Bartz is interested in the factors—both individual difference and situational—that facilitate or hinder the prosocial, communal behaviors that are vital to developing and maintaining close relationships. Her research is grounded in empirical social psychology, but she draws upon methods from neuroscience and psychopharmacology to better understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying prosocial behavior. Although primarily aimed at answering basic scientific questions, her research also is designed to inform our understanding of and treatment of psychiatric disorders involving prominent social impairments (e.g., autism spectrum disorders, and borderline personality disorder).

Selected References

Bartz, J. A., Zaki, J., Bolger, N. & Ochsner, K. N. (2011). Social effects of oxytocin in humans: Context and person matter. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15, 301-9.

Bartz, J. A., Zaki, J., Ochsner, K. N., Bolger, N., Kolevzon, A., Ludwig, N., & Lydon, J. E. (2010). Effects of oxytocin on recollections of maternal care and closeness. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 21371-5.

Bartz, J., Simeon, D., Hamilton, H., Kim, S. Crystal, S., Braun, A., Vincens, V., & Hollander, E. Oxytocin can hinder trust and cooperation in borderline personality disorder. (in press). Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience.

Bartz, J. A., Zaki, J., Bolger, N., Hollander, E., Ludwig, N. N., Kolevzon, A., & Ochsner, K. N. (2010). Oxytocin selectively improves empathic accuracy. Psychological Science, 21, 1426-1428.

Bartz, J. A., & Lydon, J. E. (2008). Relationship-specific attachment, risk regulation, and communal norm adherence in close relationships. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 655-663.

Bartz, J. A., & Hollander, E. (2006). The neuroscience of affiliation: Forging links between basic and clinical research on neuropeptides and social behavior. Hormones and Behavior, 50, 518-528.

Bartz, J. A., & Lydon, J. E. (2006). Navigating the interdependence dilemma: Attachment goals and the use of communal norms with potential close others. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 77-96.

Updated: September 19, 2011
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