TED: The brain in love by Helen Fisher

Famous anthropologist Helen Fisher talks about love as a brain function. What is love, why has it evolved, and why are some of us ready to die for it? Fisher and her team took MRI scans of people in love, including those just dumped. Fisher is considered the world’s leading expert on the topic of love. From Wikipedia:

In 2004, anthropologist Helen Fisher, in her ground-breaking book, Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love, proposed the humanity has evolved three core brain systems for mating and reproduction:

  • lust – the sex drive or libido.
  • attraction – early stage intense romantic love.
  • attachment – deep feelings of union with a long term partner.

A fascinating talk.

Original video on TED.com (might be better quality).

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