Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Oxytocin, trust, empathy and morality (Paul Zak)

Trust, morality — and oxytocin: Paul Zak on

What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it “the moral molecule”) is responsible for trust, empathy, and other feelings that help build a stable society. (Recorded at TED Global, July 2011, in Edinburg, Scotland. Duration: 16:35.

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1 comment:

  1. Robert from Neuroethics class here - my mind is blown away. Very interesting. The problem is of evolutionary hawks and pigeons. 95% respond more trusting on increased oxytocin - which will leave the 5% not responding to rule the world if we massvaccinate the populaiton with oxytocin.