Trust, Morality — and Oxytocin


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.

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2 Responses to Trust, Morality — and Oxytocin

  1. Brandon Cedeno January 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    The video shows Paul Zak speaking on morality and how it may be connected to oxytocin. Paul Zak decided to have several experiments where he would take blood of patients under different situations. The experiment that seemed to stick out was the experiment in which Paul Zak had blood taken from people during an experiment to see how willing people were to trust others. It seemed to come out with a good correlation because it seemed the more oxytocin people had the more likely they would donate some of their earnings of the experiment.

  2. Olena Kharuk October 16, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    It took Paul Zak ten years to discover what influences people’s morality. It is called oxytocin. The “moral molecule” is being produced in our bodies. Oxytocin can be found in the person’s blood or brain. “The moral molecule works like a gyroscope, helping us to maintain our balance between behavior based on trust and behavior based on wariness and distrust.” ( In other words, it makes us being more open, and increases our morality.
    The oxytocin is produced in our bodies when we get massage, dance and pray. It is also very interesting that eight hugs a day can make people very happy and increase the level of oxytocin in the body. I think everyone should know and use this simple and pleasant way to make someone happy, and simply stay happy too.

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