The Love Neuroscientist: Q&A with Stephanie Ortique

Believe it or not, says psychologist Stephanie Ortigue, lust makes heavy intellectual demands involving complex thought.

By Eliza Strickland|Sunday, August 01, 2010
Love is celebrated as a many-splendored thing, while lust is commonly regarded as downright primitive. Leave it to a Frenchwoman to discover that sexual desire is actually quite brainy. Stephanie Ortigue, an assistant professor of psychology at Syracuse University, uses brain scans to examine the divine madness of love and the blinding imperative of lust. Her goal: illuminating how these two forms of attraction work by mapping out which brain regions are active when we experience them. Her findi...

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