The Neurobiology of Trust

  title={The Neurobiology of Trust},
  author={Paul J. Zak and R. Kurzban and WILLIAM T. Matzner},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  • Paul J. Zak, R. Kurzban, WILLIAM T. Matzner
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • Abstract: This is the first report that endogenous oxytocin in humans is related to social behaviors, which is consistent with a large animal literature. Subjects are put into a social dilemma in which absent communication, cooperative behavior can benefit both parties randomly assigned to a dyad. The dilemma arises because one participant must make a monetary sacrifice to signal the degree of trust in the other before the other's behavioral response is known. We show that receipt of a signal… CONTINUE READING
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