This is a guest article by Anna Machin. Anna is an evolutionary anthropologist, writer and broadcaster. She is fascinated by the science behind close human relationships; those between lovers, friends, parents and children. If you would like to hear more. Book your tickets to her next talk with this link.
Why do we love and what happens in your brain when you fall in love?
I’ll be back in beautiful Bristol on 4th June to explore the answer to this question. So, prepare yourselves for an evening of evolution, hormones, genes and psychology. We’ll encounter the wonderful cocktail of neurochemicals which motivate you to find and keep love.
Oxytocin, which is released when you first clap eyes on the object of your desire and works to lower your inhibition to forming new relationships. Dopamine which gives you the kick you need to get off the sofa and out onto the dating scene and the king of neurochemicals, beta endorphin, which really does make you addicted to love for the long term. We’ll learn about how our beautiful and complex brains allow us to experience love at the conscious and unconscious levels making human love and all-encompassing ride and how our genes and life experience mean that we all experience love in a unique and individual way. And we’ll deep a toe into the future of love to find out how all this knowledge will shape how we find and keep love in the future.
So, put Tinder away, bring all your questions about love and come and join me for a lively evening of science.
If you would like to hear more from Anna Machin, you can book your tickets to her next talk with this link.