Remember the first time you were in love? All you could think of was him or her. Nothing else mattered. You were distracted. You forgot things that you should have remembered. You could remember every little detail about your beloved but you couldn’t remember where you put your car keys or what the assignment was at school (or the current project at work). And now science proves that you were “right on.” Studies have shown that infatuated individuals have increased attention and memory for their beloved and for information that has to do with their beloved, how infatuation might distract people from doing other things, such as their work or homework. And we study what happens in the brain when we are “in love.” Our guest heads up this study and today we’ll learn just what’s going on in or brain and what we can do to affect it. Website: http://www.umsl.edu/~langeslags/
About Our Guest
Dr. Sandra Langeslag is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Director of the Neurocognition of Emotion and Motivation Lab. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biological and Cognitive Psychology at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in The Netherlands. In past studies, she has shown that infatuated individuals have increased attention and memory for their beloved and for information that has to do with their beloved. She currently examines how infatuation might distract people from doing other things, such as their work or homework. And she currently investigates whether love feelings can be increased and decreased using cognitive strategies. Virtually everyone falls in love at least once and falling in love has major impact on people’s lives. Join me to find out what happens in our brains when we “have a crush” or fall in love and what we can do about it. Let’s talk about the brain in love.