Psychology's John and Stephanie Cacioppo: Love on the Brain

There’s a common myth that certain people are “unlucky in love.” Try as they might, these hapless individuals are destined for loveless lives—or so say innumerable Hollywood films and talk show hosts.

Two leading brain researchers at the University of Chicago, however, say the opposite. Love is function of the brain, they argue, and a working brain is programmed for love.


Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences

Amanda Woodward is Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences and the William S. Gray Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology. She joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1993 and served as Deputy Dean for Faculty Affairs in the Division from 2015-2017 and as Chair of the Department of Psychology from 2013-2015.

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