Helen Fisher

Helen Fisher

On April 4, 2014 anthropologist Helen Fisher gave a talk on "Lust, Romance, Attachment: The Drive to Love and Whom We Choose." Her investigations of romantic love, its evolution, biochemical foundations and importance to human society are informing and transforming the way we understand ourselves.

We die for love; we kill for love: Twas ever thus. But why? That’s the question biological anthropologist Helen Fisher has been asking for decades. From her research, she has identified three brain systems driving the universal human desires of lust, romantic love and long-term attachment. Among her best-selling books is the most recent, “Why Him? Why Her?” Her TED talks are among the most popular; Why We Love, Why We Cheat has been viewed by 7 million people.

Anthropologist Helen Fisher studies gender differences and the evolution of human emotions. She’s best known as an expert on romantic love, and her beautifully penned books — including Anatomy of Love and Why We Love — lay bare the mysteries of our most treasured emotion.

Helen Fisher’s courageous investigations of romantic love — its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its vital importance to human society — are informing and transforming the way we understand ourselves. Fisher describes love as a universal human drive (stronger than the sex drive; stronger than thirst or hunger; stronger perhaps than the will to live), and her many areas of inquiry shed light on timeless human mysteries, like why we choose one partner over another.

Almost unique among scientists, Fisher explores the science of love without losing a sense of romance: Her work frequently invokes poetry, literature and art — along with scientific findings — helping us appreciate our love affair with love itself. In her research, and in books such as Anatomy of Love, Why We Love, and her latest work Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love, Fisher looks at questions with real impact on modern life. Her latest research raises serious concerns about the widespread, long-term use of antidepressants, which may undermine our natural process of attachment by tampering with hormone levels in the brain.