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Understanding how the brain learns, functions and stays healthy.
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“Sharing is Caring” or Is It? | Brain World

“Sharing is Caring” or Is It? | Brain World | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
"Paul J. Zuk has spent the last decade attempting to understand and explain this phenomenon. His new book, The Moral Molecule, investigates the nature of empathy, bonding and sharing; in it he delves deep into the nature of human morality. Zuk’s lecture, Greed: Willing to Do Anything at The New York Academy of Sciences on December 11th, blew my mind! He proposes that the scope of human morality is really influenced by the presence and potency of one chemical substance, oxytocin. "
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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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Your Brain on Facebook-Harvard Business Review

Your Brain on Facebook-Harvard Business Review | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

While Facebook's rise took many by surprise, its success was little surprise to the hundreds of researchers who study social interactions in neuroscience labs across the country. Over the last decade, these neuroscientists have uncovered some unexpected quirks of the brain, that all link to one big idea: we are far more socially oriented, at the level of brain structure and systems, than we account for in daily life.

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Will Oxytocin Keep the Virtual Office Humming?

Will Oxytocin Keep the Virtual Office Humming? | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Even as technology blows companies apart, can the people in them work better together?

Yes, says one researcher studying both the brain and the workplace. Maybe people working online will even perform better.

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Oxytocin improves brain function in children with autism

Oxytocin improves brain function in children with autism | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Preliminary results from an ongoing, large-scale study shows that oxytocin -- a naturally occurring substance produced in the brain and throughout the body -- increased brain function in regions that are known to process social information in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

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