“Science is Sexy” Lecture: Michael Bailey, Ph.D., “The Science of Sex and Attraction”

Being at the forefront of neuroscience research allows the Brain Research Foundation to host a series of lectures discussing the most innovative and breakthrough discoveries in neuroscience.

The Brain Research Foundation proudly partnered with Science is Sexy to unravel the mysteries of love, sex, identity, and the brain.

Who do you love, and how? Northwestern University’s Michael Bailey, Ph.D. has been asking this question for over a decade, and he told us about his research on sexual arousal, sexual orientation, and the genetics of who we are sexually. Why some people are attracted to men, others to women, and others to both men and women is a fascinating and as yet unanswered question. Understanding the origins and development of sexuality and sexual orientation can help us understand the origins and development of sex differences, and adds a scientific perspective to questions that are deeply rooted in our identity as human beings. Michael discussed his fascinating research to better understand the biological aspects of sexual orientation, how our biology intersects with our behavior as sexual beings, and his brain research on sexual arousal and response in people of various sexual orientations. Guests joined us for a thought-provoking evening of scientific discovery from one of Chicago’s leading researchers. 

Our special guests and friends The Think Tank, a neuroscience lab on wheels at The University of Chicago, allowed guests to do their own brain-bending experiments, and play our scientific trivia to win scientific swag. Scientific valentines were on hand to exchange as we unraveled the molecular mysteries behind love, lust, and who we are.

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