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CC05 Keynote 03 - The Brain in Love: An fMRI Study of Romantic Love and the Effects of Anti- Depressants - Helen Fisher, PhD

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Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2005
Helen E. Fisher, PhD
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Mar 05, 2005
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Anthropologist Helen Fisher discusses the brain networks associated with romantic love to explain frustration, attraction, abandonment, rage, the despair response, love, addiction, stalking, love, suicide, and other phenomena associated with romantic rejection. She concludes that long term use of serotonin-enhancing antidepressants can jeopardize romantic love and attachment to a mate.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To name the three primary brain systems for mating and reproduction.
  2. To describe how serotonin-enhancing antidepressants can affect brain pathways to jeopardize feeling of romance and attachment.

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Helen E. Fisher, PhD, is a biological anthropologist and a Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University. She has written five books on the evolution and future of human sexuality, monogamy, adultery and divorce, gender differences in the brain, the chemistry of romantic love, and most recently, human personality types and why we fall in love with one person rather than another.