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The brain in love: Helen Fisher on TED.com

Posted by: Tedstaff

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for the lack of it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love — and people who had just been dumped. As Fisher discusses the results of this study, she also shares some glorious poetry about love and its loss. (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 15:56.)

Watch Helen Fisher’s 2008 talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances — including Helen Fisher’s 2006 talks on why we love and why we cheat.

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Comments (2)

  • Mark Effinger commented on Jul 21 2008

    Great insights, Helen.

    Though her data is sketchy, it’s still insightful. Who hasn’t shared the experience she addresses:

    “You walk into a party of people at mostly the same socioeconomic level, approximately the same level of attractiveness. And you are magnetized to a single person, to the exclusion of all others”.

    Oh, how true. I’m hoping some more conclusive research arrives sometime soon.
    Until then, I’ll simply enjoy the rich experience of being – in love.
    Well, a guy can hope, can’t he?
    Mark Alan Effinger
    ThoughtOffice Love Software..

  • shlogblog shlogblog commented on Jul 15 2008

    What a surprise- various brain areas light up on an MRI when a strong emotion is experienced. This explains NOTHING! Shlog says: BAD TALK- don’t bother.

    http://shlogblog.blogspot.com/