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The Moral Molecule: Oxytocin

Friday, July 06, 2012

Paul Zak tells us about oxytocin, a chemical messenger that accounts for why some people are generous, trustworthy, and faithful and others aren’t. His book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity looks at decades of research on what oxytocin is and how it works.

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Comments [4]

Amy from Manhattan

If someone I didn't know walked in & hugged me, I'd be more likely to be on my guard (who the hell is this person? you don't know me well enough to hug me!) than to feel friendly toward the person.

Jul. 06 2012 12:20 PM
CK from PA

Have you noticed the soft mellowness of the guest's voice? Sounds like he manages his oxytocin levels very well. Compare this to the guest about vacation sabotage who someone pointed out sounded like he needed a vacation....

Jul. 06 2012 12:18 PM
Arthur Vincie from Astoria, NY

Sadly, the research runs into the same problem as the medical model of "mentality" in general. Mistaking correlation for causation; taking the signs for the signified; simplifying the model to a biogenic amine hypothesis which ignores the holistic picture of the brain/body; confusing awareness with consciousness.

Jul. 06 2012 11:36 AM
Ed from Larchmont

The usual pinning of traits on physical attributes (like phrenology). The generous person might have more of this chemical - but which comes first, the chemical, or the generosity?

Jul. 06 2012 05:59 AM

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