Could we create love in a lab?

Dr. Larry Young

When it comes to love, all the mystery, all the poetry and all the complex behaviours that lead to the most life-changing decisions we’ll ever make are driven by just a few molecules in our brains. What's the science of attraction, and can we fake it?

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When it comes to love, all the mystery, all the poetry and all the complex behaviours that lead to the most life-changing decisions we’ll ever make are driven by just a few molecules in our brains. What's the science of attraction, and can we fake it?

Dr. Larry Young is one of the world's leading experts in social bonding, social attachments and oxytocin - the chemical commonly known as the love hormone. He joins us in The Garden to reveal what the research taking place in labs all over the world right now is telling us about the social brain, and how our internal chemistry influences who and how we love.

Talk outline

Duration

50 minutes

What to expect

30 minute talk

20 minute Member Q&A

Dr. Larry Young

Larry is one of the world's leading experts in social bonding, social attachments and oxytocin - the chemical commonly known as the love hormone, which he explores by studying voles. He's Professor of Psychiatry at Emory School of Medicine in the US.

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