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Love on the Brain: Lessons from Helen Fisher's TED Talk

09 May, 2019 | Posted by Kate Green Tripp

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Love on the Brain: Lessons from Helen Fisher's TED Talk
It's safe to say that Dr. Helen Fisher has a pretty fascinating job.
 
She has surveyed millions of singles and couples around the world about love and relationships. Named one of "the 15 most amazing women in science today" by Business Insider, Dr. Fisher is an internationally renowned neuroscientist, biological anthropologist, and pioneer in the biology of human personality.
 
As chief scientific advisor for Match.com, a senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute, and best-selling author of five books, Dr. Fisher is the most referenced scholar in the field of love and relationships in the world today. Her three TED Talks have been viewed by more than 12 million people worldwide.
 
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Listening to Dr. Fisher speak about her research in this TED talk, Technology Hasn't Changed Love. Here's Why, is a bit like holding up a mirror to your private life that offers a uniquely scientific spin on things.
 
You both recognize the familiar reflection and deeply appreciate the fresh, research-backed narration. Dr. Fisher adeptly explains the three brain systems that drive us toward sex, romance, and attachment while simultaneously joking that when it comes to love, "nobody gets out alive."
 
We love this TED talk in particular where Dr. Fisher holds that no matter the advances of technology, the rise of dating sites, or the growing divorce rate, we remain wired for love in the same fundamental ways we always have been. Inherently, she tells us, human beings are "a pair-bonding species" unlike 97% of mammals.
 
We are all driven by the pursuit of love, we all soar in the glee of love discovered, and we all suffer when love stings. And we all—most importantly—keep at love.
 
Radiant Intimacy
Helen Fisher, PhD,  Terry Real,  Diane Poole Heller, PhD,  Michaela Boehm,  Steve James,  Celeste Hirschman, MA,  Dimitry Yakoushkin,  Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo
May 24 - 27, 2019
We all long for love. We long to be intimately connected to ourselves and others. For some, a partnership or marriage is the natural outcome of this longing. Others find alternative styles of intimacy more fulfilling. For most of us,...
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Kate Green Tripp is the Managing Editor of 1440 Multiversity.
 

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