Jennifer A. Bartz

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor


Contact Information:


Office: 2001 McGill College, 1458
Phone: 514.398.7626
Email: jennifer.bartz[at]


Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
2001 McGill College, 7th floor
Montreal, QC
H3A 1G1



Research Areas:

Social & Personality | Behavioral Neuroscience

Research Summary:

Professor Bartz is interested in the factors—both individual difference and situational—that facilitate or hinder the prosocial, communal behaviors that are vital to developing and maintaining close relationships. Her research is grounded in empirical social psychology, but she draws upon methods from neuroscience and psychopharmacology to better understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying prosocial behavior. Although primarily aimed at answering basic scientific questions, her research also is designed to inform our understanding of and treatment of psychiatric disorders involving prominent social impairments (e.g., autism spectrum disorders, and borderline personality disorder).

Selected References:

Bartz, J. A., Tchalova, K., Fenerci, C. (2016). Reminders of social connection can attenuate anthropomorphism: A replication and extension of Epley, Akalis, Waytz, and Cacioppo (2008). Psychological Science, 27, 1644–1650.

Bartz, J. A. (2016). Oxytocin and the pharmacological dissection of affiliation. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 25, 104-10.

Bartz, J., Simeon, D., Hamilton, H., Kim, S. Crystal, S., Braun, A., Vincens, V., & Hollander, E. (2011) Oxytocin can hinder trust and cooperation in borderline personality disorder. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 6, 556-63.

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, 301-9.

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., & 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.