Economics Prof. Paul Zak on Naked Scientists podcast to discuss the hormone oxytocin
Attracting potential partners is not all there is to reproduction – there are hormones involved with actually having babies, and also building relationships. One such hormone, which has attracted a lot of recent attention, is oxytocin. Oxytocin is known to be important in women for breast feeding, although more recently it has been suspected oxytocin has an important role to play in both sexes in forming trust and relationships. Paul Zak, of Claremont Graduate University, has made it his mission to investigate this so called moral molecule, as he explained to Chris Smith.