The Guest Lecturer

Photo: Helen FisherHelen Fisher
Why do we fall in love? Can humans really experience love at first sight? Why do we prefer one person over another? Anthropologist and author Helen Fisher will address these age-old questions and more as she shares her insight into how the brain shapes how we love. In her work, Dr. Fisher distinguishes three primary drives that evolved for reproduction: the sex drive, romantic love, and long-term attachment. She will discuss how these three brain networks interact to shape our mating and reproductive strategies. Then using anthropological data and the results of brain scanning studies of men and women who are happily in love and rejected in love, she will reveal the basic traits of romantic love, frustration attraction, abandonment rage, the despair response, addiction to love, and other phenomena associated with romantic passion. Her talk will conclude with global trends that are shaping patterns of sexual behavior, romance, and marriage.Helen Fisher earned her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado. She has conducted extensive research on the evolution of human sex, love, and marriage and gender differences in the brain. She is the author of Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love and Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray. Her work has been featured in Time, The New York Times, and the February 2006 issue of National Geographic.    

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The Swartz Foundation sponsors the Mind/Brain Lecture Series in cooperation with Stony Brook University.