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Video: Helen Fisher “The Brain in Love”

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Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for 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.

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Helen Fisher is an American anthropologist, human behavior researcher, and self-help author. She is a Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, and a Member of the Center For Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University. She is a leading expert on the biology of love and attraction. Fisher said that when she began researching for her dissertation, she considered the one thing all humans have in common – their reproductive strategies. She is best known for her classic 1992 book The Anatomy of Love.

Running time: 15:46

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Helen Fisher

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