Journal of Bioeconomics

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 179–181 | Cite as

The evolutionary origins of cooperation and trade

  • Paul J. ZakEmail author


The neural mechanisms that enable human trade and cooperation are just beginning to be understood. This paper proposes an evolutionary research agenda in rodents that could elucidate how such neural mechanisms arose, and could help scientists understand the variation in them that we find in humans. The evolutionary protocol outlined here is likely to provide deep insights into the human condition.


Oxytocin Oxytocin receptor Experiment Neuroscience Evolution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Neuroeconomics StudiesClaremont Graduate UniversityClaremontUSA

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