Jury consultants take note: Oxytocin increases empathy toward the victim, but not desire to punish the perp

Put oxytocin up the nose and then have subjects read about crimes and what happens? They feel sorry for the victims, but don’t necessarily feel extra-vindictive toward the perp.

Krueger F, Parasuraman R, Moody L, Twieg P, de Visser E, McCabe K, O’Hara M, Lee M. Oxytocin selectively increases perceptions of harm for victims but not the desire to punish offenders of criminal offenses. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2012 Feb 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22368214.

Well now.  This post writes itself.   If you are a victim who is paying a jury consultant a fortune for their scientifically-proven jury selection, perhaps they should look for  jurors with the prosocial form of the oxytocin receptor gene (the kind you can pick out in 20 seconds, our post here). If you are a defendant, perhaps your jury consultant should pick out, shall we say, le poisson froid,  to avoid empathizing with the victim.