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Dr. Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist and Match.com advisor, to speak at UB

Helen Fisher. Courtesy: HelenFisher.com

Can the Covid-19 pandemic actually be conducive to finding that special someone? A leading expert on love says yes. 

On Monday, April 12 at 5:30 PM, Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and Match.com Chief Scientific Advisor, will be presenting her research on coronavirus-era dating, falling in love, and attraction during a virtual event at the University of Baltimore. After her presentation, she will be answering questions from the audience. 

Fisher’s optimism comes from her five decades of research as a biological anthropologist focusing on attraction, a career that has even led her to placing couples in brain scanners to observe their brains in love. Another possible source could be marrying her longtime partner and  journalist John Tierney in September of this past year. 

Fisher joined Match.com as Chief Scientific Advisor in 2005 to deepen their understanding of scientific processes at play which leads two people to fall in love. Since then, she has played a pivotal role in conducting the company’s annual “Singles in America” survey, a comprehensive study of dating habits and behaviors of thousands of singles across the country. 

A senior fellow at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Fisher has authored six books, including the widely popular Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love, published in 2009. In esteemed publications such as the New York Times, she has written about the evolution, biology, and psychology of human sexuality, monogamy, adultery and divorce, gender differences in the brain, the neural chemistry of romantic love and attachment, human biologically-based personality styles, why we fall in love with one person rather than another, hooking up, friends with benefits, cohabitating, and the future of relationships – a term that she has coined: slow love.

In addition to an enormous volume of writings, Fisher is a world-recognized speaker having delivered numerous TED talks and addressed high profile audiences, such as the World Economic Forum, Goldman Sachs, Visa, American Express, and Goldman Sachs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and countless other universities and institutions of higher learning. 

First and foremost, says Fisher, she considers herself to be an educator. “I’m so excited for the opportunity to share my knowledge and research with the students at the University of Baltimore,” said Fisher.  

This event, co-sponsored by Psi Chi, the psychology honors society, and The Sting is open to UB students, faculty, alumni, and the general public. You can register here

Leonard A. Robinson is the president and editor-at-large of The Sting.

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