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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Thursday, June 8th 7:00pm-8:30pm Free event

Kick back, relax, grab a drink and a bite to eat at their Science Cafés. These informal science presentations are held in the Daily Planet Café at 7 p.m. Q & A from the audience is encouraged. 

Science Cafe: Brains in Love

In Western cultures, humans — unlike 97 percent of mammals — tend to form monogamous relationships and often form life-long bonds with their partners. While many factors, including the environment that we grow up in, affect our choices in who we fall in love with, our ability to form intimate bonds with our partners also has a biological basis. Understanding how our bodies work to create feelings of love is challenging, but research using a socially monogamous rodent, the prairie vole, has led to important discoveries in our understanding of the biological basis of love and monogamy. In this Science Café, researchers from NC State will describe their work using prairie voles to begin to understand how our genes and our brains work together to help us fall in love.

About the Speakers

Lisa A. McGraw, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and a member of the W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology at NC State University. McGraw earned her PhD from Cornell University where she studied the sex lives of fruit flies. Andrea Vogel is a PhD candidate in the McGraw Lab studying pair bonding in prairie voles. McGraw and Vogel are interested in understanding the biological basis of complex behaviors such as love and attraction.

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