Robin Dunbar on The Science of Love and Betrayal

Video published on April 26, 2012.

[product sku=”9780571253449″] In under four minutes, we asked him to explain why we kiss, and the appeal of high heels and laughter (not necessarily together). He also responds to the question: Does romantic love evaporate under the scrutiny of evolutionary psychology?

Falling in love is one of the strangest things we can do – and one of the things that makes us uniquely human. But what happens to our brains when our eyes meet across a crowded room? Why do we kiss each other, forget our friends, seek a ‘good sense of humour’ in lonely hearts adverts and try (and fail) to be monogamous? How are our romantic relationships different from our relationships with friends, family or even God?

Basing his arguments on new and experimental scientific research, Robin Dunbar explores the psychology and ethology of romantic love and how our evolutionary programming still affects our behaviour. Fascinating and illuminating, witty and accessible, The Science of Love and Betrayal is essential reading for anyone who’s ever wondered why we fall in love and what on earth is going on when we do.


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