Event Title

What is Love?

Session Number

K01

Advisor(s)

Crystal Randall, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Tracy Townsend, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Location

A-117

Start Date

28-4-2016 9:50 AM

End Date

28-4-2016 10:15 AM

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

Abstract

Ask a scientist, and they’ll tell you “love is really just biology.” Ask a hopeless romantic, and they’ll tell you that love is an unexplainable, all- consuming force that can only be understood as fate. By comparing papers from scientific studies and writings by philosophers, poets, and social scientists, this study investigates both sides of the story. Topics covered include types of love, the connection between the brain and the emotion of love, and whether or not monogamy goes against human nature. The neurobiological standpoint supports love’s representation and power in literature by explaining oxytocin, vasopressin, and dopamine and their roles in the phenomena of love. Meanwhile, the literary standpoint supports the neurobiological view by describing the different forms and symptoms of love. Further investigation may show deeper connections between the feelings of love written about in literature and the biological processes that affect such feelings.


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Apr 28th, 9:50 AM Apr 28th, 10:15 AM

What is Love?

A-117

Ask a scientist, and they’ll tell you “love is really just biology.” Ask a hopeless romantic, and they’ll tell you that love is an unexplainable, all- consuming force that can only be understood as fate. By comparing papers from scientific studies and writings by philosophers, poets, and social scientists, this study investigates both sides of the story. Topics covered include types of love, the connection between the brain and the emotion of love, and whether or not monogamy goes against human nature. The neurobiological standpoint supports love’s representation and power in literature by explaining oxytocin, vasopressin, and dopamine and their roles in the phenomena of love. Meanwhile, the literary standpoint supports the neurobiological view by describing the different forms and symptoms of love. Further investigation may show deeper connections between the feelings of love written about in literature and the biological processes that affect such feelings.