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Today's Big Idea: Love & Sex on the Brain

The Big Idea for Sunday, May 13, 2012

What does love look like in the brain? What exactly happens to your mind during sex? And what goes on in a brain-on-porn?

The revolution in brain imaging allows us to look at -- and begin to answer -- these questions in entirely new ways. Biological anthropologist Helen Fischer discusses the three brain systems for love: sex drive, romantic love, and attachment. They're less distinct than you'd imagine, says Fischer.

And in response to the passing of Amendment One in North Carolina and President Obama's recent comments supporting same-sex marriage, Big Think blogger Kayt Sukel investigates, "Is what I experience when I feel love qualitatively different from what a man experiences? Or what a lesbian may experience?"

Perspectives

  1. 1 Braingasm: How Porn "Shuts Down" Women's Brains
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  2. 2 This Is Your Brain During Orgasm
    Kayt Sukel Experts' Corner
  3. 3 Casual Sex Doesn’t Exist
    Helen Fisher
  4. 4 Is Love Different Across Sex and Orientation?
    Kayt Sukel World in Mind
 

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