The Moral Molecule: a union of economics and biology

Is there a biologic basis for trust? What implications does biology have for the economic relationships between humans? In this podcast Michael visits with Paul Zak, Ph.D. a pioneer in the discipline of neuroeconomics. They answer these two questions (and many more) as they delve into Dr. Zak’s research – and self experimentation – with the human hormone oxytocin, which is also the subject of his book, “The Moral Molecule.”  In addition to economic behavior, this simple 9 amino acid sequence may influence the paradoxes of human interaction like why our species engages in courageous acts of compassion yet also perpetrates violence. To learn about these many facets of oxytocin (and hear why Dr. Zak won’t shake your hand) you’ll want to listen to their entire conversation.