AsapSCIENCE Explains The Science Of Cheating

Can science explain why people cheat on their partners?

Some takeaways from the video:

  • only about 3% of mammals are monogamous
  • “the gene coding for a dopamine receptor plays a key role in cheating for men and women”
    • dopamine, which is released after a pleasurable activity, is also called as the ‘happy hormone’
    • “one study found that 50% of people who possess the long allele variant of this gene had cheated on their partner, compared to only 22% of people who have the short allele”
  • Low levels of vasopressin, which affect trust, empathy and social bonding, have an influence on cheating
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