21 November 2007

Another wednesday

Helen Fisher on love, lust and antidepressants (TED talks, youtube)
Biological about romance without devaluing it, optimistic about equality and realistic about gender differences. Shame about the antidepressant scarecrow at the end. Says the antidepressant-induced increase in serotonin dampens the dopamine system and thus a person's ability to experience lust and love. Sure, serotonin functionally counteracts dopamine, but there are dysregulations to both systems in depression so antidepressants don't necessarily pull the brain further away from generating healthy dopaminergic responses. But hey, I might be biased.
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