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The Molecule Behind Effective Teamwork| HBR

The Molecule Behind Effective Teamwork| HBR | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Paul Zak, author of The Moral Molecule, explains how oxytocin boosts cooperative behavior....Good tips for workplace functioning and correlation of oxytocin and social media. (Video)

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Gerald P. Kozlowski's curator insight, January 14, 2014 12:44 PM

Oxytocin (OT) was once only thought to act on smooth muscle of either the breast, uterus and females; or the vas deferens of males for spem transport. Now we associate OT to a role in bonding, love and, perhaps, morality. Why such an enormously strident leap? It makes sense that a mother would use OT to mediate bond-forming with the child because nature is parsimonious with its chemicals, often using the same molecule for physiologic and psychologic purposes if they are related to the same hapistance. Hence, all the recent other attributes of OT is more of the same economy of purpose despite having a vas deferens in the objectives to be achieved.

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Teamwork Builds Big Brains - ScienceNOW

Teamwork Builds Big Brains - ScienceNOW | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

The average adult human's brain weighs about 1.3 kilograms, has 100 billion or so neurons, and sucks up 20% of the oxygen we breathe. It's much bigger than an animal our size needs. According to a new computer model, the brains of humans and related primates are so large because we evolved to be social creatures

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