Ben Ratner's photo of Helen Fisher and ChuckNice.
Ben Ratner's photo of Helen Fisher and ChuckNice.

The Science of Romance, with Helen Fisher

Biological Anthropologist Helen Fisher and Chuck Nice. Photo Credit: Ben Ratner.
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About This Episode

On this episode of StarTalk All-Stars, biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher and comic co-host Chuck Nice are back together again to answer your fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about love and romance. First, you’ll hear about Helen’s new neuroscience-based company, NeuroColor, which revolutionizes the way we study, test, and understand personality assessments. Discover more about the ways people are starting new relationships: friends first, friends with benefits, and immediate romantic love. You’ll also hear how the rules differ for certain types of relationships, and we investigate the truth behind “playing hard to get.” You’ll find out more about the impact of sex robots, using virtual reality to select a mate, and if future generations will be dating artificial intelligence machines. Ponder the impact of modern technology and telecommunications on romance. Explore your “love map” – how past relationships shape and influence current and future relationships. Learn about the relationship between orgasms, oxytocin, testosterone and, well, relationships. We also look into animal love rituals and we discuss whether sex’s biological and evolutionary purpose is primarily for procreation or something more complex.

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