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Drive for Romantic Love Stronger Than Sex Drive

by Lesley Lanir

An online chat about "The Science of Love" with a leading expert parallels years of research on sex, love, marriage, and gender differences in the brain by Professor Helen Fisher, who claims falling in love is like, “Someone is camping in your head.”

Dr. Diane Witt, the leader of the Neural Systems Cluster at the National Science Foundation, discussed The Science of Love in an online chat on digital magazine, Science. Witt's research includes how oxytocin, the ‘cuddle’ hormone, encourages pair bonding and monogamy in humans and animals.

Bonding Gives Feelings of Security

“Love is a hypothetical construct with many interpretations and many dimensions,” said Dr. Witt as she explained that currently neurobiology is focusing on understanding how attachments are formed and maintained. She pointed out that bonding is not just for reproduction, social attachment and love, but also gives feelings of security and reduces anxiety.romance is stronger than almost anything else

Research of Love by Professor Helen Fisher

Extensive research across cultures, in areas that include the evolution and future of human sex, love, marriage, and gender differences in the brain and how your personality type affects who you love, has been conducted by Professor Helen Fisher, PhD Biological Anthropologist, a member of the Center for Human Evolution Studies in the Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Internet dating site, Chemistry.com, a division of the online dating website Match.com.

Fisher claims that humans have three core brain systems for mating and reproduction: lust - controlling the libido, romantic attraction, and attachment - creating the need for the deep feelings of a long union. Fisher's work has shown her that the obsession or fascination of falling in love is like, “Someone is camping in your head,” and that, “Romantic love is a drive stronger than the sex drive.” (article continues)

Keep reading about romantic love and dating on page two.

Lesley Lanir is a freelance writer, lecturer, and educator of teachers. She also has experience in product development, proofreading and editing, and technical writing. In addition to writing for print publications and online magazines, Lesley enjoys hiking, traveling, film, and the performing arts.

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