Helen Fisher


Helen Fisher

Helen Fisher, PhD, one of the nation’s most prominent anthropologists, is a research professor in the department of anthropology at Rutgers University. Before joining Rutgers, she was a research associate at Manhattan’s American Museum of Natural History.

She has conducted extensive research and written five books on the evolution and future of human sexuality, monogamy, adultery and divorce, gender differences in the brain, the chemistry of romantic love, and most recently, human personality types and why we fall in love with one person rather than another.

Fisher has looked at marriage and divorce in 58 societies, adultery in 42 cultures, patterns of monogamy and desertion in birds and mammals, and gender differences in the brain and behavior.

In her newest work, Why Him? Why Her? How to Find and Keep Lasting Love, she reports on four biologically-based personality types, and using data on 28,000 people collected on the dating site Chemistry.com, she explores who you are and why you are chemically drawn to some types more than others.

Fisher is also the author of Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love; The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They are Changing the World; Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Mating, Marriage and Why We Stray; and The Sex Contract: The Evolution of Human Behavior.

She also gave a TED Talk in 2006 called “Why We Love, Why We Cheat.”