What is Love?


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Love has been one of humanity’s greatest mysteries. For millennia, it has been the subject of art and social science. But over the last century, we have learned so much about the biology of this emotion and how it affects us. On this week’s episode of The Super Awesome Science Show, we’re going to devote the entire show to Dr. Helen Fisher, who has been a leader in deciphering the love code. Since 1975, she has been focused on understanding this emotion. Her research papers, books, and a relationship with the website Match.com has given us insight into not just how love happens but also how we can improve our relationships.

We start by exploring her history as a love researcher and how this culminated in the 1994 book, The Anatomy of Love. It’s been re-issued and as Dr. Fisher explains, it has been completely rewritten because of the leaps we have made in analyzing love. She takes us on a journey around the world to explore how love is a part of all societies and in many ways, how similar we all are.

We next learn how we can use neuroscience to find the perfect mate. Dr. Fisher has developed a test, which you can take, to identify the type of person you happen to be based on chemicals that circulate in your body. It’s a fascinating journey into the brain and may help you to find out who might be best suited to accompany you in life.

For our SASS class, we take a 180 degree turn and explore the realm of rejection. Dr. Fisher has analyzed what happens when we are dumped and offers ideas to get over a love lost. Here’s a hint: those New York romantic comedies have it wrong.

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