Oct 11, 2014
This episode features Dr. Larry Sherman, a
neuroscientist from OHSU in Portland, Oregon, talking about how our
brains process pleasure and the special case of falling in love.
Topics touched on during the talk include: ancient philosophy and
the definition of "pleasure"; how hormones such as estrogen
and testosterone affect our choice of partners; how drug
addiction and stalking are neurologically related; ways that
the levels of dopamine, serotonin, and epinephrine can change how
we feel about someone; how taking The Pill can change a
woman's ability to choose a viable mate; how liking chocolate
ties in to falling in love; how studying the DNA of prairie voles
can perhaps shed light on why people cheat; and much more.
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As always, a final thanks to Jonathan Coulton for the use of his song Mandelbrot Set as our theme music.