Friday, June 03, 2005

Trust, available now in a bottle

Take a look at this report from yesterday's Hindu. Its byline reads "A research finding with potential uses in therapy — and con jobs". Here are some extracts:

Trust in a bottle? That is what Swiss and American scientists demonstrate in new experiments with a nasal spray containing the hormone, oxytocin. After a few squirts, human subjects were significantly more trusting and willing to invest money with no ironclad promise of a profit.

The researchers acknowledged their findings could be abused by con artists or even sleazy politicians who might sway an election, provided they could squirt enough voters on their way to the polls.