It’s that time of year when the smell of roses fills the air, heart-shaped chocolates are everywhere, and we scamper to find that perfect gift. In the excitement of celebrating Valentine’s Day have you ever wondered how love really works?

It’s more than just emotions, as “Love Biologist” Dawn Maslar (Link: argued during her engaging discussion last week at the Willis Holcombe Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Maslar, a former adjunct biology professor at Broward College, is the author of the book “Men Chase – Women Choose”.

During the talk, she explored the less talked about angle of love – the brain. The three-hour event focused on how the brain reacts when two people first meet, start to date, fall in love, and then move DawnMaslaron to a more passionate, lifelong love. The TEDx speaker of “How Your Brain Falls in Love” (Link:, explained to a packed audience how the mind reacts to behaviors. “It’s a chemical reaction that affects the brain. The real boss behind attraction is your brain, which runs through a very quick, very complex series of calculations when assessing a potential partner.”

Love Turns Your Brain to Mush

So what happens to your brain when you’re in love? Researchers at Linden University used fMRI, a neuroimaging procedure using MRI technology that measures brain activity by detecting changes associated with blood flow, to show that people lose cognitive ability when they fall in love. That’s why they say love is blind.

Illustrating with a play dough version of the brain and a scalpel, Maslar slowly dissected the parts of the brain which are made inactive or slowed down when someone falls in love. A major part that stops working is the amygdala, the section that sounds the alarm that something is wrong. She pointed out that this is the reason individuals stay in relationships, even when there are warning signs that things are not well with their partner’s character or personality.

The Science of Love Allows You to Enhance Your Attraction

Using participants for interactive demonstrations, the “Love Biologist” illustrated the four different stages of love and the part of the brain is engaged.

  • Attraction
  • Dating
  • Falling in Love
  • True Love

Love, from the perspective of the brain, is not all bad. If you’re having a hard time finding a partner, there are things you can do to make others more drawn to you. Much to the amusement of the audience, Maslar provided tips to men and women on how to enhance their attractiveness:

  • Chicks Dig Manly Men – For men, it’s less about the smile and more about how you present yourself. For instance, if you’re taking a picture show your profile from the left side. If you’re looking for props, forget gym equipment and add a guitar! Seriously, it’s less about the looks and more about what initiates a woman’s brain.
  • Say Cheese! – For the ladies, the smile is the most captivating factor for men. Couple that megawatt smile with sexually attractive colors, like red, and you’ll win his mind.

If the whole science of love theory has appealed to your academic senses, take a look into our biology program (Link:

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