The 50th Annual Winter Institute - St. Cloud State University

Paul ZakPaul Zak, Ph.D.

Paul J. Zak is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. Zak also serves as Professor of Neurology at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard. Professor Zak is credited with the first published use of the term "neuroeconomics" and has been a vanguard in this new discipline. His lab discovered in 2004 that an ancient chemical in our brains, oxytocin, allows us to determine whom to trust. This knowledge is being used to understand the basis for modern civilizations and modern economies, improve negotiations, and treat patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders.

A featured TED speaker in 2011, Zak has also appeared on:Good Morning America,Dr. Phil,Fox & Friends,ABC Evening News,NOVA Science Now,NPR,The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal,USA Today,Time,The Economist,Scientific American,Fast Company,Forbes, and many others. His popular blog, The Moral Molecule, is featured on thePsychology Todaywebsite with a dedicated, active following.

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