Relationship expert to explain gender
Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013 00:02
If you have been having trouble looking for love in all the wrong places, or just don’t understand the other gender, then you might want to look in the Oval Theater in the Marshall Student Center today.
Helen Fisher, a scientific expert on relationships and human behavior and the Chief Scientific Adviser for match.com,
will present “Gender Differences in the Brain,” tonight 6:30 p.m., with doors opening to the public at 5:30 p.m.
Fisher, an anthropology Ph.D., with more than 40 years of research in the field of human behavior, both sexual and emotional, is also a research professor at Rutgers University. Fisher has published multiple books and articles on the mechanics of love, marriage and gender differences.
Fisher will be the third speaker of the Frontier Forum, a lecture series sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Provost’s Office and the office of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The first two speakers in the series were Michio Kaku, a world-renowned theoretical physicist, and Rory Kennedy, an Emmy-award winning filmmaker and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.
As the third speaker in the series, the Frontier Forum paid Fisher $16,250, Michele Dye, communications and marketing director for the College of Arts and Sciences, said in an email.
“She’s been doing (this research) for so long, she has become a top expert in her field,” Dye said.
Dye said she thinks the lecture will be interesting to students, as the Fisher is widely known for her research on the chemistry and biology of love. Fisher has previously given lectures for TED Talks series, which can be seen on the TED official website with more than 2.5 million views.
According to a media release from the College of Arts and Sciences, Fisher will explain how the sexes are “soft-wired” to think and act differently and will also offer ways in which men and women can understand each other better.
Fisher’s most recent work, an article titled “We have chemistry! — The role of four primary temperament dimensions in mate choice and compatibility,” simplifies the complex emotions of love into a biological perspective by isolating personality traits based on four neural systems.
“Her message is not just applicable to personal relationships, but also a good learning experience for other relationships, like in the work environment,” Dye said.