by Diana Chachua
If you visit Amazon and write “love/science of love” in a search area, it will find you 8523 books on this topic. In a modern world full of love cynics, people are desperately trying to understand the essence of love in order to invent a defense medicine from this feeling.
1980s was the period scientists actively got interested with love issue. However love’s road towards laboratories wasn’t that smooth. No one was taking seriously an idea of researching matter like love. It was easy for scientists to imagine researching anger or fear, but not love.
Gathered in laboratories they first found out that in order to learn about anger and fear one had to observe pulse, breath frequency, squeeze of muscles and other reactions of this sort. But “catching” love seemed impossible as it was easy, they claimed, that symptoms for love could be mixed up with symptoms of bad digestion or even maniacal attack.
Elaine Hatfield, author of “Love, sex, and intimacy: Their psychology, biology, and history”, in her interview for Human Behavior and Evolution Society recalls that while studying at Stanford academics were trying to persuade her to change a topic of research as they thought it would end her academic career.