UBC Connects: Helen Fisher

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The University of British Columbia Connects presents Helen Fisher
Swipe, Right? The Future of Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age

Is technology changing who and how we love? Is there still a place for Cupid in our cloud-based culture? In this lively talk, acclaimed anthropologist and neuroscientist Dr. Helen Fisher reveals the three brain systems that evolved for mating and reproduction—the sex drive, romantic love, and attachment—and maintains that while online dating won’t alter these basic mating instincts, it is definitely changing how we court and who we choose.

As Chief Scientific Officer of Match.com, Fisher is well-placed to explain modern dating tactics—from Millennials to Seniors—and the newest trend in courtship: “slow love.” She posits that humanity has evolved four broad basic styles of thinking and behaving that draw us naturally toward one person rather than another—in love and in business. She explores the biological underpinnings of love at first sight, love addiction, adultery and divorce, and explains how neuroscience can help make love last.

Dr. Helen Fisher is the most referenced scholar in the field of love and relationships in the world today. A Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute and anthropologist at Rutgers University, she is a pioneer in the biology of human personality and the neurochemistry of love and leadership. Named a TED All-Star and one of “the 15 most amazing women in science today” by Business Insider, Dr. Fisher has given the world a new way to look at relationships—both personal and professional.


Date Sep 10
Start time 6:30pm
Doors Open 5:30pm

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