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Paul J. Zak, Ph.D.

Entries by Paul J. Zak, Ph.D.

Can Political Preferences Be Changed?

(11) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 2:02 PM

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney faces the plurality dilemma: how to attract enough Independents and movable Democrats to win 270 votes in the Electoral College and become the 45th president of the United States. Research from my lab has shown that the brain chemical oxytocin affects political preferences in a...

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Why Love Sometimes Sucks

(78) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 6:21 PM

Paul J. Zak is the author of the new book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity (Dutton, $26.95)

A woman I dated briefly stalked me after we stopped seeing each other. She'd show up at my door at odd times and I'd run into her...

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The Power of a Handshake: How Touch Sustains Personal and Business Relationships

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2008 | 10:40 AM

Written with Susan Kuchinskas

A solid handshake is more important for landing a job than your resume, according to research from the University of Iowa. This is something anyone in sales knows implicitly. But they might be surprised to learn that the power of a handshake is rooted not...

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The Lawnmower Man

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2008 | 5:47 PM

Co-Written by Ken Grimes

56-year-old Keith Walendowski of Wisconsin isn't, unfortunately, the first midwestern American man to greet a loved one's perceived betrayal with the business-end of a sawn-off shotgun. Nor will he be the last. What is unusual about the July incident is that Walendowski's "victim" -- found among...

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Gay Marriage is Natural

(25) Comments | Posted July 11, 2008 | 6:44 PM

Co-Written by Ken Grimes

The California Supreme Court's decision to allow same-sex marriage was greeted with both joy, and indifference. Joy from the gay community, where some couples had waited over quarter of a century to officially affirm their bonds. And indifference from much of the rest of California, including...

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