POSTPONED: June 2: Lust, Romance, Attachment—What brain scanning says about the drive to love

We just received word that Dr. Lucy Brown broke her ankle yesterday evening in an unfortunate accident, and thus we are forced to postpone her joint presentation–with colleague Dr. Helen Fisher–on their compelling research.

Note that it’s “postpone,” not “cancel”! We’ll reschedule for the beginning of September, when everyone will be back from summer getaways. SWINY will notify you of our new arrangements just as soon as they’ve been put in place.

The highly enthusiastic interest in attending this talk has been extremely gratifying, and we’re so sorry to disappoint everyone, if only temporarily.

Thanks for your patience! Enjoy your summer! And see you in September for “LUST, ROMANCE, ATTACHMENT—What brain scanning says about the drive to love.”


Flickr image: Lust VS. Love by Something To See

Hear neuroscientist Lucy L. Brown, PhD, and behavioral anthropologist Helen E. Fisher, PhD, her collaborator since 1996, discuss some of their favorite research—their use of fMRI to see what blood flow patterns in the brain can teach us about the neural circuitry involved in these fundamental aspects of human relationships.

Brains in lust and brains in love don’t look much alike. And long-term commitment adds a new element altogether. Brown’s and Fisher’s provocative observations, insights, and musings—including their documented dopamine connection—have earned attention in both the scientific and popular press.

Dr. Brown, Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, runs the Functional Neuroanatomy and Basal Ganglia Research Lab there. Dr. Fisher, Visiting Research Professor and member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, studies mammalian strategies for mating and reproduction, and their evolution. Their studies have been published in the Journal of Neurophysiology; Journal of Comparative Neurology; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences; Neuroendocrinology Letters; and Archives of Sexual Behavior. Dr. Fisher has published a series of books including Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Monogamy, Adultery and Divorce (1992), and Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love (2004).

Tuesday, June 2, 6:30–9 pm
Come at 6:30 for networking and nibbles
Program begins at 7

Hartley House, in the theater
413 W. 46th St (between 9th/10th Aves)

RSVP by May 27: click here to RSVP.

Admission is  free.

P.S. Hartley House is an important community outreach center with an extensive kids’ program. They have a drop-box in the lobby for used ink-jet cartridges and cell phones, which they recycle for rebates which contribute to the funds supporting this program. Anyone attending who has any used cartridges and/or cell phones lying around might want to bring them along and dispose of them there.

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