Secular Student Alliance @ Sacramento State University

The Neurobiology of Love

The Neurobiology of Love


Dr. Sarah Strand

Tuesday, February 11, 2014   6pm

Sacramento State University, Orchard Suite, 2nd Floor Union


The Secular Student Alliance is hosting a FREE event featuring Dr. Sarah Strand on the neurobiology of love.

The Science

Love is a universal experience found in all human cultures, but why do we choose the people that we do? Across the entirety of human culture, our single greatest commonality is the brain.  What happens in the brains of people in love? In this talk, Dr. Strand discusses the three basic types of love (Lust, Romantic Attraction, and Attachment) and their unique brain pathways and neurochemistries.  She also shows how love is highly effective at reducing stress and enhancing overall health and survival.  And finally, she will apply these concepts in a closing discussion about the differences between the brains of men and women in love and how being in love may result in neurogenesis, or the birth of new neurons.

The Strand

Dr. Sarah Strand is a Behavioral Neuroscientist, a psychology professor, a lecturer on neurotheology, a triathlete, and a Minnesota-native living in California by way of Iowa and Massachusetts.

She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Sacramento State University and a Research Supervisor at the UC Davis Primate Center.

The Parking

Daily parking passes are available for $6 from the yellow dispenser in the parking structure (on the 3rd floor, west corner by the elevator), adjacent to the University Union and Bookstore. I strongly recommend parking in the parking structure, because it is close to the event and the other parking lots are for staff parking. Plan on arriving early to find a spot.

The event is in the Orchard Suite on the Second Floor of the University Union. This map shows how to get to the venue from any campus entrance.  (Permanent link:


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