Night Lab: The Science of Love and Attraction

Night Lab, part of Science is Sexy’s Chicago’s science series for adults, returns to Schubas just in time for Valentine’s Day, where we’ll attempt to unravel the scientific mysteries behind love and attraction.

When it comes to the science behind love and attraction, Northwestern University’s Eli Finkel, Ph.D., is on the case.  An Associate Professor of Psychology and the head scientist of Northwestern’s Self-Control and Relationship Lab, Eli has studied everything from the science behind initial romantic attraction, to human dynamics in romantic relationships, to why couples fight, and how they make up.  At tonight’s event, Eli will deliver the scientific report card on the online dating industry – and they won’t be putting this one on the fridge. Unheard of  just twenty years ago, online dating is now a billion dollar industry and one of the most common ways for singles to meet potential partners. Dating sites make bold claims about their ability to introduce singles to compatible relationship partners, frequently promising to deliver a “soulmate.” But do these dating sites live up to the hype?  Eli will be showing us the science behind the online dating world to answer this question. He gives credit where it is due, but he also dresses down the online dating industry when it behaves in ways that undermine romantic attraction or that mislead singles.  You’ll leave armed with the scientific know-how you need to really make online dating sites work for you, and have a better love life, whether you’re single or partnered.

We’ll then switch gears to learn about the art and science of sex and film ratings with Rebecca Fons, who is the Education Program Manager at the Chicago International Film Festival, as well as a producer of numerous short films and the popular web series Quilty.  Rebecca will discuss how sex intersects the Motion Picture Association of America’s film rating policy, talk about the amazing dynamics of how actors “do it” without actually “doing it,” enlighten us to how sex scenes are filmed, and more!

Come ready to add your favorite songs to Night Lab’s make-out playlist and play scientist by trying your hand at figuring out which phase of a relationship subjects were in by looking at their brain activity in a brain scan!  Two lucky trivia winners will receive a copy of The Science of Kissing by Sheril Kirshenbaum gifts from Early to Bed.   Scientific valentines will be on hand to exchange as we unravel the molecular mysteries behind love and lust.   Night Lab is where science meets sexy.

When: February 12, 2012, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Where: Schubas (3159 North Southport Avenue)

Details:  FREE

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No Pre-Registration Required

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology is a proud marketing partner for this program.


Created by a scientist with a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology (who wasn’t always so hot at math herself) Science is Sexy gives non-scientists and scientists alike a short and sweet taste of science in their everyday lives, highlighting the people and organizations that make Chicago a rockstar city for science.  While offering adults in the city innovative opportunities to engage in the excitement, beauty, and ubiquity of science, our programs give scientists and members of Chicago’s science community a fabulous way to connect to the rest of the city outside of the lab.  Our programs are perfect for people who flunked chemistry, think genes come from The Gap, or think “that’s hard!” when they hear the word molecular. Whether you are just curious about science or a professional scientist, Night Lab is for you.

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