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Oxytocin connects us to other people; oxytocin makes us feel what other people feel. And it’s easy to cause people’s brains to release oxytocin. Let me show you. Come here. Give me a hug.

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This quote is from neuroeconomist Paul Zak’s 2011 TED Talk about oxytocin, or what Zak calls “The Moral Molecule.” According to Zak, oxytocin, a mammalian hormone that is associated with intimacy, helps forge relationships between people because it makes us feel empathy. Says Zak in this quote, it is easy to trigger your brain to release oxytocin — just hug someone!

Watch the full TED Talk here: Paul Zak – Trust, Morality — and Oxytocin?

“Trust, Morality — and Oxytocin?” TEDGlobal 2011. Jul. 2011. Conference Presentation.

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