What is love? This question is usually asked by poets, playwrights and other artists, but today’s neuroscience has a lot to say about the matter, too.

In this month’s podcasts, Dr. Freberg discusses “The Psychology of Love” and “Epigenetics in Intro Psych.”

Types of Love

“Love can be so many things, that’s why it’s such a big question,” says Dr. Laura Freberg, Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. “There’s the love we feel as parents for our children, the love we feel for our siblings, our parents, our friends, even our ideals.”

Referring to the work of Robert Sternberg, Dr. Freberg discusses types of love which include intimacy, passion and commitment. Then there is consummate love, a combination of the three types.

Love and the Brain

Falling in love is often described as having “chemistry.” You might be interested in what Dr. Freberg reveals about changes in brain chemistry and their relation to love, commitment and parenting.

Dr. Freberg also explained the factors that tend to make for lasting relationships, and surmised why humans are hard-wired for commitment.

In part two, Dr. Freberg offers her insights as to why we should teach epigenetics in Introductory Psychology courses. Epigenetics helps us explain why psychologists no longer say nature VERSUS nurture, but rather talk about nature AND nurture as constantly interacting.

Download the podcasts here:

Part 1: The Psychology of Love with Dr. Laura Freberg

Part 2: Epigenetics in Intro Psych with Dr. Laura Freberg