“Science of Love”, a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series, explores the biological basis of attraction. The podcast series’ third season -- "What Do We Know about Love?" -- showcases the newest thinking across academic disciplines about the relationship between humans and love.
“Perhaps one of the greatest challenges we face is explaining why and how we interact with each other,” says Andrew Bass, professor of neurobiology and behavior and a senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, in his podcast episode. “When I think about the biological basis of love, I of course immediately think about the brain.”
As a behavioral and evolutionary neuroscientist, Bass’ research focuses on explaining how variation in the output of brain circuitry shared by all vertebrates leads to adaptive behavioral phenotypes. His projects use sound-producing/vocalizing fish as model systems to establish basic operating principles of our vocal and auditory systems.
The “What Makes Us Human?” podcast is produced by the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the Cornell Broadcast Studios and features audio essays written and recorded by Cornell faculty. New episodes are released each Tuesday through the fall semester, airing on WHCU and WVBR. The episodes are also available for download n iTunes and SoundCloud and for streaming on the A&S humanities page, where text versions of the essays are also posted.