'Love is surely the single most all-encompassing emotion we experience. It binds us together as couples, as parents and offspring, as members of an extended family, even as a community. It defines what it is to be human. This book opens the Pandora's Box on this most complex and puzzling aspect of what it is to be human.'
Robin Dunbar, author of Friends
'Love sits at the center of human existence, according to this sharp survey from anthropologist Machin. Machin draws from plenty of studies of both the human and animal worlds, and her personal interjections are energizing. This provocative account is a fitting tribute to its subject.'
New York Post
This series has been chosen as one of Apple’s top podcasts for 2022!
ARIA Nominated 2023
Love. Touch. Speech. Movement. Consciousness. What do they all have in common?
From before birth to after death, our brains underpin our experiences and feelings. In How We’re Wired, evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin goes behind the scenes of cutting-edge neuroscience research to uncover the fascinating stories of how our brains grow, change, and ultimately die. From hormones to heartbreak, we’re exploring true, personal stories of people’s lives – and brains - from birth to death, taking a deep look at the science that explains us all.
'Anna Machin brings together the latest research into fatherhood with real stories of new dads and their babies. The result is thought-provoking, touching and up-lifting.'
Nick Wilkie, CEO National Childbirth Trust
New York Times
New York Daily News
Love’s been around a long time. Watch Anna’s new YouTube series to find out what science has to say about love and where love might take us in the future.
'How Love Makes Us Human' 16-part series
Anna is a doctor of evolutionary anthropology, a writer and broadcaster. She is world-renowned for her work in the science and anthropology of close human relationships. She is a pioneer of fatherhood science and is unique in her approach to the study of human love combining studies, techniques, and explanations from both the biological and social sciences. She spent over 12 years at the University of Oxford Read more...
As an evolutionary anthropologist and science communicator Anna is passionate about bringing the science behind human stories to a wider audience. Her anthropological focus means that hard science is mixed with other disciplines to give a truly rounded answer to some of life’s big questions. Anna’s broadcast work has led her to be one of the few visible female scientists in the media today. Read more...
“It’s a little known fact but fathers saved the human race...” Human fathers are unusual. We are the only ape who has fathers that invest in the care of their offspring and one of only 5% of mammals that do so. An evolutionary rarity. So, the question arises... Read more...
'Anna's work gets to the very heart of what it is to be human'
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