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Love: The Biology Behind the Heart

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By: Anthony Walsh(Author)
Love: The Biology Behind the Heart
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  • Love: The Biology Behind the Heart ISBN: 9781412862875 Hardback Aug 2016 Usually dispatched within 5 days
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Love is a little word with a universe of meanings and has engaged people's interest throughout human history. The need to give and receive love lies deep within human nature. Philosophers, poets, theologians, sociologists, and scientists have all attempted to explain its exact origin, but is it an evolutionary adaptation, or a social construct?

Walsh discusses that the nature of and need for love has biological origins. He draws upon Darwin's sexual selection theory to define the perceptions of love by infants through the process of experience-dependent brain wiring. He observes that mother love makes a child capable of loving and that father love makes a child feel worthy of love. He appraises the origin and purpose of romantic love in his discussions on sexual reproduction by looking at chemical and neurological responses to love and the influence of love on one's physical and mental health.

With frequent quotes from literary masters like Shakespeare to orient one's scientific and humanistic understanding of love, Walsh goes on to explore various styles of romantic love, including monogamy, promiscuity, bartering love, and betrayed love; the effects of a skewed sex ratio on dating and mating practices; and the age-old quest for a perfect society populated by perfect people obeying the biblical command to "love one another".



1 What Is This Thing Called Love?
2 Love as a Gift of the Gods: The Yearning for Oneness
3 The Human Brain and Love
4 Mother Love and Darwin’s Sexual Selection Theory
5 Touching Hearts; Touching Minds
6 Father Love: The Right Hand of the Equation
7 Lovelessness and Lawlessness
8 Love and Physical Health and Illness
9 Mental Health and Illness
10 Self-Love: The Basis for Love of Others
11 Romantic Love: Its Origin and Purpose
12 The Chemistry of Romantic Love
13 Love Styles: How Do You Love Me?
14 Monogamy and Promiscuity
15 Love as Exchange and Barter
16 Ecstasy and Agony: Love and Betrayal
17 Loving by the Numbers
18 Expanding the Circle: The Ethics of Universal Love


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Anthony Walsh is a professor at Boise State University, USA. He has conducted studies of love in a variety of contexts from hypertension to criminality. He has published many works, mostly on biosocial topics and his most recent books include The Neurobiology of Criminal Behavior and Biosociology.

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