19: Let us spray: oxytocin and spirituality

Episode 19 · July 6th, 2016 · 47 mins 24 secs

About this Episode

Dan and James discuss a recent paper on intranasal oxytocin and spirituality

Some of the topics discussed:

  • A summary of a recent paper on oxytocin and spirituality
  • Why within-subject designs are a better choice for oxytocin research
  • The physiology of nasal administration
  • How do you control for differences in nasal environment
  • Hypothesis-driven vs. exploratory research
  • Oxytocin pathway gene
  • ANCOVA and Lord's paradox (yep, it's called that)
  • Dan applauding the authors for posting ALL their data online
  • James disagrees with Dan on approaches to pre-registering studies
  • James promises never to chew during a recording (sorry!)
  • Producing research vs. actually reading other people's research
  • Our first citation (sort of)
  • How the replication crisis is the fact that we're not doing any
  • Heart rate variability in oysters (and other animals)


  • The paper


  • Dan's blog post on intranasal oxytocin administration considerations


  • Dan's paper on the promise and pitfalls of intranasal administration


  • The data from the paper


  • Our first (blog post) citation


  • Can we replicate the replication crisis?


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