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Published on Mar 21, 2012
Robin Dunbar Anthropologist, evolutionary psychologist
Robin, currently director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology of the University of Oxford, is renowned for creating a formula which is now known as 'Dunbar's number' - and that number is 150. This calculates the 'cognitive limit' of the number of people we can hold meaningful friendships with. When it was first formulated it created a fevered debate about the nature of and the differences between, online and real 'friendships'. Robin will explore the psychology and ethology of romantic love to find out if the brain - and science - can help us explain how and why we fall in love.