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, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 31-44

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Neuroenhancement of Love and Marriage: The Chemicals Between Us

  • Julian SavulescuAffiliated withOxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford Email author 
  • , Anders SandbergAffiliated withOxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of OxfordFuture of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford


This paper reviews the evolutionary history and biology of love and marriage. It examines the current and imminent possibilities of biological manipulation of lust, attraction and attachment, so called neuroenhancement of love. We examine the arguments for and against these biological interventions to influence love. We argue that biological interventions offer an important adjunct to psychosocial interventions, especially given the biological limitations inherent in human love.


Relationships Love Marriage Pair bonding Divorce Enhancement Bioethics