The oxytocin receptor gene OXTR is not associated with face recognition

Verhallen, Roeland J, Bosten, Jenny M, Goodbourn, Patrick T, Lawrance-Owen, Adam J, Bargary, Gary and Mollon, J D (2017) The oxytocin receptor gene OXTR is not associated with face recognition. Psychological Science, 28 (1). pp. 47-55. ISSN 0956-7976

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A recent study has linked individual differences in face recognition to rs237887, a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR; Skuse et al., 2014). In that study, participants were assessed using the Warrington Recognition Memory Test for Faces, but performance on Warrington’s test has been shown not to rely purely on face recognition processes. We administered the widely used Cambridge Face Memory Test—a purer test of face recognition—to 370 participants. Performance was not significantly associated with rs237887, with 16 other SNPs of OXTR that we genotyped, or with a further 75 imputed SNPs. We also administered three other tests of face processing (the Mooney Face Test, the Glasgow Face Matching Test, and the Composite Face Test), but performance was never significantly associated with rs237887 or with any of the other genotyped or imputed SNPs, after corrections for multiple testing. In addition, we found no associations between OXTR and Autism-Spectrum Quotient scores.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2016 11:29
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2019 16:11

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