Lust, Romance, Attachment: The Drive to Love and Who We Choose

The Georgia Tech Honors Program welcomes Rutgers University Visiting Research Associate Helen Fisher. Following the talk, Dr. Fisher will be available to sign copies of her book.

About the lecture:
Dr. Fisher distinguishes three primary mating drives - the sex drive, romantic love, and attachment - to explain love at first sight, casual sex, and the biological and evolutionary basis of monogamy, adultery and divorce. Using her brain scan studies of men and women in love, she discusses love addictions, rejection in love, how SSRI antidepressants can jeopardize romantic love and attachment, and how to sustain romantic passion in a long-term partnership. Then employing her data on 40,000 men and women, she elaborates on four broad styles of thinking and behaving (based on the brain systems for dopamine, serotonin, testosterone and estrogen/oxytocin) and shows why we are naturally, chemically drawn to some people rather than others. Fisher concludes that family life has changed more in the last 100 years than in the last 10,000, and traces current trends in marriage, sex, and romance.

Part of the Karlovitz Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the College of Sciences.

Event Details


  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Clary Theater, Student Success Center
Fee(s): None

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