DAILY TARGUM - Feb 28 - Helen Fisher, a research associate and chief scientific advisor for Match.com, broke down her findings regarding love, relationships and the chemical processes that cause these functions. An expert on love, Fisher has conducted an annual study on 30K singles in the US with Match.com for the past nine years. She said love is a bodily function. "It's a drive. In fact, when my colleagues and I put people into the brain scanner and found basic brain circuitry for romantic love, we found activity in a tiny factory in the base of the brain called the ventral tegmental area that pumps out dopamine," Fisher said. "It lies near brain regions that regulate thirst and hunger." Fisher divided love into three distinct systems for mating and reproduction: sex drive, feelings of romantic love and feelings of intense attachment. Physical appearance is like a prescreening toward love, she said. A person's looks are the first thing that other people evaluate, whether they are seen in a bar, subway, church or even on Tinder. The issue with online dating is that people stay on the sites for too long. An alternative to this problem is to redefine dating sites as "introducing sites."
by Christian Balbuena
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