Hot answers tagged

14 votes
Accepted

How can we scientifically measure love?

One way to measure love is to look at behaviors that people engage in to express love. Chapman (1995) theorized that there were five broad classes of behaviors that people would engage in to express ...
user avatar
11 votes

How can we scientifically measure love?

To add some general theoretical background... Answering this is very complicated because the answer depends on how you define emotions, whether you see emotions as latent or emergent, whether you ...
user avatar
  • 4,256
10 votes
Accepted

From a neuroscientific standpoint, what are the most effective ways to develop empathy, love and compassion for others?

I'm including some relevant papers below, but one important thing to note abot this whole compassion/Buddhism/neuroscience discussion is that neuroscience may not necessarily have the most to say ...
user avatar
  • 318
9 votes

How to predict romantic attraction

You are quite astute to have noticed the difference between your stated preferences and actual preferences - most people don't. Yes, there has been a fair bit of research on prediction techniques and ...
user avatar
  • 18.1k
8 votes

How can we scientifically measure love?

This BBC documentary reviews a number of methods for measuring love that have enjoyed some success. To summarize: Dr. Angela Rowe of the University of Bristol presents subjects with unfavourably ...
user avatar
  • 18.1k
6 votes

Can bipolar disorder be considered a malfunction of the "love circuit" in the human brain?

A Love Circuit? The idea that there is a "love circuit" has little evidence (for or against it). But in general studies that look at "love" (however defined) reveal broad activation across multiple ...
user avatar
  • 4,256
6 votes
Accepted

Correlation between selfie and Narcissism

Self-reported number of selfies has been found to correlate positively with some measures of narcissism in US men (Fox and Rooney, 2015). Fox, J., & Rooney, M. C. (2015). The Dark Triad and ...
user avatar
5 votes

Is attraction between two people just physical, not neurological/psychological?

All attraction involves the brain. The brain is responsible for consciousness, perception, and motivation. Not all attraction is physical. In two structural theories of love with which I'm familiar, ...
user avatar
  • 9,284
4 votes
Accepted

Looking for happines in marriage survey according to living/not living together before marriage

A study reported, in the 80's, that unmarried cohabitation prior to marriage was associated with "significantly" lower marital satisfaction, but did not report an effect size. They also ...
user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

Why do battered persons love their partners?

I long pondered the answer to this question myself. The short answer is: Cognitive Dissonance* ("Cognitive Dissonance" is a hypothesized mental process in which two conflicting ideas are resolved ...
user avatar
  • 18.1k
3 votes
Accepted

Why are we so possessive of our significant others?

The big hot potato here is the evolutionary hypothesis that men are more sexually jealous whereas women are more emotionally jealous. Contrast Harris (2003) totally dissing it (but also giving a nice ...
user avatar
  • 9,915
1 vote
Accepted

Psychological theories about the end of a romantic relationship

Is there a split between desire and love? Of course, love and lust/desire are two completely different things. A simple definition I have of the word love: An involuntary response to virtue. This ...
user avatar
  • 26
1 vote

Can scientific evidence support concepts of the soul?

Step one would be to define what you mean by "soul". The common Judeo/Christian/Muslim theory is that there is something that (a) is the essential core of a person's personality that is related to ...
user avatar
  • 111
1 vote

How has psychology categorised different types of love?

Sternberg's Triangular theory is certainly well-known. The field you want to dig into more is called 'close relationships'. Here's an accessible treatment of other common theories: Summary of ...
user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible