The Moral Molecule: How Trust Works (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 10, 2012 - Science - 256 pages
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"Philosophy, economics, and biology have rarely been so entertaining."
—Matt Ridley, author of Genome

Paul J. Zak's proclivity for taking blood samples has earned him a nickname as the "vampire economist." But his sanguinary habit is backed by his scientific quest: What if there was a master switch for human behavior? On, and people are loving and generous. Off, and they revert to violence and greed. By studying thousands of blood samples, Zak has pinpointed just such a switch: a brain chemical called oxytocin. Sprinting around the globe and into the human brain, The Moral Molecule is a dazzling narrative as erudite and entertaining as bestsellers like Flow, Drive, and Why We Love.


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Review: The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity

User Review  - Paige - Goodreads

It feels like it's been forever since I posted a book review... I have been so busy with other things and when I do get a break my focus has been on stuff besides reading. :( Anyway, this book was ... Read full review

Review: The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity

User Review  - Justin - Goodreads

The power of hugs! Well, that's the short version, anyway. In fact, I got to meet Paul Zak at a panel, and the first thing he did was give me a hug. So, the man definitely walks his talk. This is ... Read full review


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About the author (2012)

Paul J. Zak, Ph.D., is a professor of economics, management, and psychology at Claremont Graduate University. He lives in Los Angeles.

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