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Love, Explained: The Science of Romance

Sex, speed dating, monogamy--for Valentine's Day, we look at the science behind the mating game

Learning the Look of Love: That Sly "Come Hither" Stare

Series IntroWhile it might not be witchcraft, the formula for ‘love at first sight’ remains a mystery. However, if you pop the following ingredients into a kettle: large pupils, long glances, and a lovely, attentive smile, you may not have concocted a bona fide love potion but your witch’s brew could contain some insight into the laws of attraction.Being an optometrist and all around eye aficionado, I have a deep interest in the connection between the eyes and love...

October 17, 2011 — Cheryl Murphy

My lust: A Valentine's Day confession and the psychology of infatuation

Author’s Note: The following was originally posted at The Psychologist Web site as part of their "Sin Week." Once you've read my confession on the sin of lust, be sure to check out my colleagues' shameful confessions about their own gluttony, sloth, pride, wrath, envy and greed at the BPS Research Digest ...

February 14, 2011 — Jesse Bering

The Illusions of Love

How do we fool thee? Let us count the ways that illusions play with our hearts and minds

January 1, 2011 — Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde

Love Lessens Pain

Contemplating a new love can reduce pain by activating the same brain region that processes addictions and analgesic drugs. Cynthia Graber reports

October 14, 2010

Arranged Marriages Can Be Real Love Connection

Speaking March 10th at the 92nd Street Y's Tribeca site in New York City, Scientific American MIND contributing editor Robert Epstein discussed how arranged marriages can surpass love matches for long-term contentment...

March 11, 2010

Fall in Love and Stay That Way

Nothing is more fulfilling than being in a successful love relationship. Yet we leave our love lives entirely to chance. Maybe we don't have to anymore

January 1, 2010 — Robert Epstein

Scientific tricks for staying in love

A friend once told me how, as a child visiting a zoo, his eyes focused  on one of the many monkeys in an enclosed exhibit. The monkey, in turn, began looking back.

April 7, 2010 — Philip Yam

True Love: How to Find It

Combing through your social network is the most fruitful—and most common—way of finding the love of your life

November 1, 2009 — Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler
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