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Your Friends' Friends Can Make You Happy

Dr. Nicholas Christakis, who studies the mathematical, social, and genetic determinants of social network structure, explains how happiness flows one person to another.

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Racing Hearts

  • Art Aron, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Art Aron, an expert on relationships, social cognition, and social neuroscience, recounts the findings of his famous “Capilano Bridge experiment”. This experiment demonstrated that a person’s feelings of attraction are more intense in situations of danger.

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When Chevy Met Jayni

  • Chevy Chase
  • Actor Chevy Chase and his wife Jayni share their story of how they met and fell in love.

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The Rituals of Courtship

  • Marc Hauser, Ph.D.
  • Marc D. Hauser, author of the highly acclaimed book, Wild Minds, What Animals Really Think, talks about the rituals of human courtship.

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Love's Antechamber

  • Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Elizabeth Gilbert describes infatuation as "love’s antechamber, a place where you wait to see if you will proceed onto love".

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The Roots of Love

  • David Buss, Ph.D.
  • Dr. David Buss, an evolutionary psychologist who studies mating strategies, gender conflict, social status, and the function of emotions in cultures around the world. He talks about the universality of love and the differences between what women want and what men want.

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Love's intensity

  • John Leguizamo
  • Actor John Leguizamo talks about the intensity of youthful passion and how those feelings mature over time.

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