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Jennifer A. Bartz

Jennifer A. Bartz

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The ability to engage in prosocial, communal behavior is vital to developing and maintaining close relationships. I am interested in the factors—both individual difference and situational—that hinder or facilitate people’s ability to engage in such behaviors. My research is grounded in personality and social psychology but also draws upon clinical and neuroscience traditions. Specifically, I conduct research in both healthy and clinical (autism, borderline personality disorder) populations, and use a multi-method approach involving experiential, behavioral, and biological levels of analysis.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Bartz, J. A. (2011). Serotonin and the neurochemistry of intimacy. Biological Psychiatry, 69, 716-717.
  • 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., Kaplan, A., & Hollander, E. (2007). Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. Chapter in W. O’Donohue and S. Lilienfeld (Eds.), Personality Disorders: Toward the DSM-V. Sage Publications.
  • 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., & 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.
  • Bartz, J. A., & Lydon, J. E. (2004). Close relationships and the working self-concept: Implicit and explicit effects of priming attachment on agency and communion. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 1389-1401.
  • 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., Zaki, J., Bolger, N., & Ochsner, K. N. (2011). Social effects of oxytocin in humans: Context and person matter. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15, 301-309.
  • 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, 21371-21375.
  • 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. (2010). Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience.
  • Hollander, E., Bartz, J., Chaplin, W., Phillips, A., Sumner, J., Soorya, L., Anagnostou, E., & Wasserman, S. (2007). Oxytocin increases retention of social cognition in autism. Biological Psychiatry, 61, 498-503.
  • Simeon, D., Bartz, J. A., Hamilton, H., Crystal, S., Braun, A., Vincens, V., & Hollander, E. (2011). Oxytocin administration attenuates stress reactivity in borderline personality disorder: A pilot study. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36(9), 1418-1421.

Other Publications:

  • Bartz, J. A., & Hollander, E. (2008). Oxytocin and experimental therapeutics in autism spectrum disorders. In R. Landgraf and I. Neumann (Eds.), Advances in vasopressin and oxytocin—From genes to behavior. Progress in Brain Research Book Series. Elsevier.
  • Bartz, J. A., & McInnes, A. (2007). CD38 regulates oxytocin secretion and complex social behavior. BioEssays, 29, 837-841.
  • Bartz, J. A., & Young, L. J. (2010). Oxytocin, social cognition, and autism. In E. Hollander, A. Kolevzon, & J. Coyle (Eds.) The Textbook of Autism Spectrum Disorders. American Psychiatric Publishing Inc.
  • Bartz, J., Young, L., Hollander, E., Buxbaum, J., & Ring, R. (2008). Preclinical animal models of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In R. A. McArthur and F. Borsini (Eds.), Animal and translational models of behavioral disorders (Vol. 1). Elsevier Inc.

Jennifer A. Bartz
McGill University
Department of Psychology
1205 Docteur Penfield Avenue
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1B1

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