Will Oxytocin Keep the Virtual Office Humming?

Paul Zak is a neuroeconomist, studying how a chemical called oxytocin elicits trust, empathy and better workplace cooperation.

Mr. Zak gives a lot more hugs than most economists. That is because he has made a specialty of studying the social role of oxytocin, a neurochemical once associated with sex that he says is also critical to trust, empathy and family-like bonds. Oxytocin both fosters and feeds on those behaviors, and can also be created by surmountable challenges, dancing, singing, meditation or marching in a group.