- IONS Film Project
The Moral Molecule with Paul J. Zak
Science of Peace Week Teleseries
Visionary: Cassandra Vieten, PhD
The Science of Peace Week was produced by the Institute of Noetic Science as part of the Summer of Peace 2012, an unprecedented summit highlighting over 120 peacebuilders working on peace from the inner to the international levels.
In this session, host Cassandra Vieten talks with guest Paul J. Zak: Scientist, Author, and Founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University.
Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is Executive Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and presenter.
Paul J. Zak, PhD, is a scientist, prolific author, entrepreneur, and public speaker. His book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity was published in 2012. He is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology, and Management at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Zak also serves as Professor of Neurology at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a PhD in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard. He is credited with the first published use of the term "neuroeconomics" and has been a vanguard in this new discipline. He organized and administers the first doctoral program in neuroeconomics. Dr. Zak's lab discovered in 2004 that the brain chemical oxytocin allows us to determine who to trust. His current research has shown that oxytocin is responsible for virtuous behaviors, working as the brain's "moral molecule." This knowledge is being used to understand the basis for civilization and modern economies, improve negotiations, and treat patients with neurologic and psychiatric disorders.