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Love, actually: the science of this thing called love

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Can science truly decode the enigma of love? This captivating talk examines how perspectives on love have evolved over human history and how various scientific disciplines have attempted to explain this profound emotion.

What is love, and can science ever really explain what it means to be in love?

In this talk, Prof Viren Swami, one of the world’s leading experts in the psychology of romantic attraction, looks at how understanding of love has changed across human history.

He’ll also show how different branches of science – psychoanalysis, neuroscience, biology, and psychology – have attempted to explain what love is (and what love isn’t).

Drawing on contemporary scientific approaches, Prof Swami will argue that love is incredibly complex, but also not entirely beyond scientific understanding. As part of this talk, you’ll also learn more about your own love styles and how to be better at love.

This event will be taking place in the Lord Ashcroft Building (room 221) at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford.

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