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Iona Welcomes Scientific Adviser for Rudin-Driscoll Lecture

Helen Fisher
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Iona College will host Helen Fisher, Ph.D., as part of the Jack Rudin & John G. Driscoll Distinguished Visiting Professorship for the fall 2016 semester. Dr. Fisher, a biological anthropologist, will present “Lust, Romance, Attachment: The Drive to Love, Who We Choose and the Future of Love in the Digital Age” at noon on Thursday, October 4, at the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium in the Murphy Center.
Dr. Fisher is a senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute of Indiana University, a member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies in the department of anthropology at Rutgers University, and chief scientific advisor to She speaks to academic, business and lay audiences around the world and is a TED All-Star with over 11 million views of her TED talks.
At her Iona lecture, Dr. Fisher will discuss brain scanning work on three brain systems that evolved for mating and reproduction: the sex drive, romantic love, and attachment. She discusses the biological underpinnings of romantic rejection, love addiction, human adultery and divorce. She then explores the neuroscience of personality structure to propose why we fall in love with one person rather than another. She also will cover the biology of long-term partnership happiness and the future of relationships in the digital age—what she calls "slow love".
She has written six internationally best-selling books on romantic love and future sex, stemming from her brain scanning studies and her evolutionary and cross-cultural perspective. Anatomy of Love presents data on 80,000+ people to explain why you love who you love, as well as why we marry and the biological underpinnings of adultery, divorce and remarriage. Fisher also studies the biological basis of personality and is a pioneer in examining the neurochemistry of leadership and innovation.
In collaboration with, she annually conducts a study known as Singles in America—using a demographically representative sample based on the US census. She has now collected data on over 30,000 single Americans, including data on hooking up, friends with benefits and many other current social trends.
Fisher has presented her data on love and personality at the World Economic Forum (Davos), the 2012 International Meeting of the G20, The Aspen Ideas Festival and many other conferences, as well as in The Economist and to many higher education and general audiences. She is the recipient of the American Anthropological Association’s Distinguished Service Award for her work at presenting anthropological data to the general public. See more about Dr. Fisher at
The Jack Rudin & John G. Driscoll Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Iona College was established with a grant from Jack and Susan Rudin. Invitations are extended each year to one or more outstanding scholars to serve as visiting professors at Iona College. The honorees present lectures to the College community, participate in faculty seminars and share their knowledge and wisdom with faculty and students in a variety of ways. The program serves as one of the annual highlights for a community of scholar-teachers devoted to academic excellence.

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of 4,000 students and an alumni base of more than 40,000 around the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service.