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CC16 Keynote 01 - Addicted to Love - Helen Fisher, PhD

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Neuroscience |  Addiction |  Keynotes |  Love |  Couples Therapy
Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2016
Helen E. Fisher, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
May 13, 2016
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Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher discusses three brain systems that evolved for mating and reproduction: the sex drive; feelings of intense romantic love; and feelings of deep attachment to a long term partner. She then focuses on her brain scanning research (using fMRI) on romantic rejection and the trajectory of love addiction following rejection. She concludes with discussion of the brain circuits associated with long-term partnership happiness and the future of relationships in the digital age—what she calls “slow love.”

Educational Objectives:

  1. To understand the neural circuitry of three primary brain systems that evolved for mating and reproduction: the sex drive, romantic love and attachment.
  2. To understand the brain function and behaviors associated with addiction to a romantic partner.
  3. To understand the brain functions associated with long term happiness in love.
  4. To understand the impact of the digital age on human courtship behaviors. 

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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.