Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Science of Love and Happiness - All in the Mind Podcast

Interesting podcast on the science and psychology of happiness, love, attraction, and well-being - from Radio National's All in the Mind podcast (Australia), hosted by Lynne Malcolm.

The science of love and happiness

Sunday 30 June 2013
Presenter: Lynne Malcolm

What lies beneath the ecstasy and the heartache of love? This question so intrigued anthropologist Helen Fisher that she scanned the brains of the lovestruck and got new insights into why we are attracted to one person rather than another. And the science of happiness—we hear from foremost expert on happiness and well-being Ed Diener about how we can achieve it and why it's really good for us.



  • Helen Fisher, Biological Anthropologist & Research Professor, Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, New York
  • Ed Diener, Joseph R. Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois, U.S.A.


  • Happiness: unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth by Ed Diener, and Robert Biswas-Diener
  • International differences in well-being by Ed Diener, Daniel Kahneman, and John Helliwell 
  • Well-being for public policy, by Ed Diener, Richard Lucas, Ulrich Schimmack, and John Helliwell
  • Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love by Helen Fisher
  • Why we love - the Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love by Helen Fisher
  • The first sex: the natural talents of women and how they are changing the world by Helen Fisher 

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