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Biography

I'm a graduate of Rutgers University, a world-renowned biological anthropologist and an expert in the science of human attraction. My long-standing research helped Match.com in the development of a new relationship site, called Chemistry.com. First introduced in early 2006, Chemistry.com features a Chemistry Profile™ personality assessment and matching system, which were both developed in collaboration with Dr. Fisher.
In addition to serving as Chemistry.com's scientific advisor, I have authored four books and many articles in scientific journals and popular magazines. My perspective on love, sexuality, women, and gender differences is featured in major news outlets such as Time magazine, National Public Radio, NBC, the BBC and CNN. As a research associate in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, I focus on the role of biology in human love and sexuality.

My current book, entitled Why We Love (Henry Holt, 2004), discusses my research on the brain physiology of romantic love. In 1999 my book, The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the World (Random House, 1999), received the New York Times Book Review "Notable Book" award, and discusses gender differences in the brain and behavior and the impact of women on twenty-first century business, sex and family life. It is published in 14 languages. My other books include Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Mating, Marriage and Why We Stray (W.W. Norton, 1992), also a New York Times "Notable Book" with eighteen foreign language editions, and The Sex Contract: The Evolution of Human Behavior (William Morrow, 1982). My publications include articles in the Journal of NIH Research, the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Human Nature, Psychology Today, Natural History, New Woman and The Journal of Neurophysiology.

I was the host of a four-part television series based on my book Anatomy of Love, which aired on Turner Broadcasting Systems in 1995, and host of a four-part radio series based on my book Why We Love for the BBC World Service.

I received my Ph.D. in biological anthropology at the University of Colorado with a dissertation on the evolution of human female sexuality and the origin of the nuclear family. She has been on the national lecture circuit since 1983. My lectures include speeches at the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution, University of Michigan, Cornell University, the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and Fortune magazine, as well as academic and business conferences in the United States, Canada and Europe. For my work in communicating anthropology to the lay public, she received the American Anthropological Association's "Distinguished Service Award" in 1985.

Interests

Romantic love, human sexuality, marriage/adultery/divorce, chimps and other primates, human nature and evolution, future sex and romance, brain chemistry, personality types, gender differences, poetry, art galleries, off off off off Broadway theater, chamber music, rock ‘n roll, hiking and camping, ocean swimming, dancing, cross country skiing, urban hiking, ethnic restaurants and foreign travel.