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The Science of Attraction: An Exploration of the Physical, Chemical, and Psychological Components of Desire

Lana Jones
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Course Description

Attraction, often the initial stage of romantic love, seems to work in mysterious ways. Have you ever been somewhere and see someone across the room that immediately catches your eye? Your body seems to react physically, your palms sweat, your heart races, you blush, and you may even stammer or tremble. Even after they have left your sight, you can't get that person out of your mind.  Attraction and love can even overrule reason. Researchers have identified specific determinants of human attraction that stimulate our desire for another. Of course, the five senses play a role in who we find alluring. But there are also psychological factors contributing to the intense, sometimes haywire, feelings of attraction and desire. This lecture explores the why's and how's from a scientific perspective, demystifying the wonderfully magical experience of attraction.

About the Instructor

  • Lana Jones, Ph.D., is currently an instructor in the psychology department at FAU. Jones earned her doctoral degree in neuroscience from the University of Miami and her master’s degree in experimental psychology from FAU. She is primarily focused on utilizing positive psychology techniques, improving pedagogic approaches, and providing an equitable and inclusive environment in the college classroom.