Laboratory for Love

Friday, January 25, 2013

Barbara Fredrickson, professor of psychology and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the author of Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, talks about her research into "love" and its effects on health and happiness.


Barbara Fredrickson

Comments [9]

jgarbuz from Queens


Youo made Laugh Out Loud (LOL). Now that is real! Laughter is good; Love is Baloney!

Jan. 25 2013 11:53 AM
John A

This has been a major revelation for me:
"There is no hate, there is only misunderstanding."

Jan. 25 2013 11:50 AM

"Love stinks! It's baloney." Now every other crappy comment I've had to read from jgarbage now makes sense. Love may not be real, but this take on it is sooooo revealing.... and sad.

Jan. 25 2013 11:46 AM
oscar from ny

I used social media to make girls from a city in Queens NY to know about me even if i never met them, and yet i feel so close to them, i know they can feel me and i can feel them...its a laboratory love built on emotions of pixels..

Jan. 25 2013 11:44 AM
Guy from NYC

You lost me when you used as an example the experiences of a "Teach for America" participant. These are college grads with high credentials (impressive university pedigrees) who generally try teaching for a couple of years, claim amazing, heroic (but self reported) results, then abandon the schools for an easier, more lucrative avenues of influencing public policy based on the "lessons" of their brief time in the classroom which the media and other opinion leaders than lap up as informed and authentic accounts. A real American shame.

Jan. 25 2013 11:43 AM
Sara Anderson

I attended Obama's Inauguration in 2009...the common feeling of joy and love of close to 2 million people is something I will never forget.

Jan. 25 2013 11:42 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Love stinks! It's baloney. It's just a psychochemical reaction that forms a bond that is biologically necessary for reproduction and protection of the old "family" or clan or tribal unit. It can be the love of warriors in combat. It's a survival instinct. Bonding for survival purposes. Like any biological bond, it will wear off in time. Only legal bonds, such as contracts enforced by force are binding forever. Love is in instinctual bond that has a mutual survival purpose, and it eventually will wear off over time.

Jan. 25 2013 11:35 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Ha, Ed - the catholic church has drilled you into submission. How was your childhood?

Jan. 25 2013 10:20 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Love is important, but can't be limited to sex. Love of God, for example.

Jan. 25 2013 08:02 AM

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