BALTIMORE SUN - Feb 10 - Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist, has 35 years of experience studying why and how humans are attracted to each other. A few years ago, she developed a probing questionnaire for Chemistry.com.
Q: Internet dating sites used to be sources for jokes and even derision for people who used them. How have they evolved?
A: They represent major trends in our modern world.
A: In many respects, we're going back to the way we used to be introduced. With Internet dating, getting to know a little bit about somebody before you meet them is really compatible with how the brain is built.
Q: How effective is Chemistry.com and Match.com at helping people find happy partners?
A: When somebody leaves Match.com or Chemistry.com, they ask you why you left. One box you can check is, "I found somebody." Between 15 and 20% of people check that box.
Q: What are the key things you've learned from studying the biology of the brain?
A: The most important things: We put people in a brain scanner. We found activity in a little part of the brain -- this area makes dopamine and sends natural stimulants to different parts of brain, creating basic traits of romantic love.
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