The Science of Love and Attraction Through the Lens of Helen of Troy

Madelyn Sanders Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Margaret Brabant Butler University
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where” (Neruda). Love is unexplainable. It can cause anything from intense longing to massive heartbreak and maybe even a ten year long war. The story of Helen of Troy, although very well known, leaves the most essential detail of Helen and Paris’s relationship, how it happened, unexplained. The enigma of their relationship is normally described through the lens of divine intervention, but what if this was not actually the case? Is the fatal attraction in the story of Helen of Troy and Paris actually due to divine intervention, or is there a more scientific factor? Using the aid of modern day findings and the knowledge that we have amassed since the beginning of this folklore, the fated love story of Helen and Paris can be explained scientifically through the consideration of hormones and neurotransmitters, pheromones, and the Human Leukocyte Antigen.
Biology
Oral Presentation

When & Where

10:30 AM
Gallahue Hall 105