Editor's Summary

8 January 2009

Being human: Love is the drug


A seemingly very 'human' emotion, love is more often the province of poetic fancy than of scientific analysis. But now the animal studies that demystified emotions such as fear and anxiety are beginning to illuminate the mental states associated with love. This has implications for the nature of human sexuality — and could even lead to drugs to enhance or diminish our love for another. The 'Being Human' essay series is available on http://tinyurl.com/55ncjj.

EssayBeing Human: Love: Neuroscience reveals all

Poetry it is not. Nor is it particularly romantic. But reducing love to its component parts helps us to understand human sexuality, and may lead to drugs that enhance or diminish our love for another, says Larry J. Young.

Larry J Young

doi:10.1038/457148a