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Two Renowned Psychology Speakers Converge on Collin College

September 21, 2007 - Love and sex -- within the realms of evolution, psychology, sociology and science -- will be the topics of two renowned speakers at Collin College's Psychology Synergy Conference, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6.

The conference will attract students and faculty from colleges and universities from around the nation to present papers, sit in on unique workshops and roundtables and two keynote speakers, Dr. David Buss, professor of psychology and president of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society at The University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Helen Fisher, visiting professor and member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies and Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University

Dr. Buss will speak at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center. His presentation is titled "Sexual Conflict in Human Mating."

Dr. Buss is known for his evolutionary psychology research on human sex differences in mate selection. He earned his doctorate in psychology at University of California, Berkeley, in 1981. Before becoming a professor at The University of Texas, he was assistant professor for four years at Harvard University, and he was a professor at the University of Michigan for 11 years. The primary topics of his research include mating strategies, conflict between the sexes, status, social reputation, prestige, the emotion of jealousy, homicide, anti-homicide defenses and most recently stalking.

Dr. Buss is the author of a number of publications and books, including "The Evolution of Desire," "The Dangerous Passion" and, most recently, "The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and The Murderer Next Door," which introduces a new theory of homicide from an evolutionary perspective.

Dr. Fisher will speak at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at the conference center. Her presentation is titled "Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love."

Dr. Fisher, one of the foremost experts in her field, has conducted extensive research on the evolution and future of human sex, love and marriage and gender differences in the brain and behavior. She has written four books: "Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love;" "The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They are Changing the World;" "Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Monogamy, Adultery and Divorce;" and "The Sex Contract: The Evolution of Human Behavior." Dr. Fisher is currently chief scientific advisor to where she has collaborated in the development of their Chemistry ProfileT personality assessment and matching system. Using data on patterns of romantic attraction and marriage found on this Internet dating/relationship site, she is writing her fifth book, on why humans fall in love with one person rather than another.

Dr. Buss' and Dr. Fisher's lectures are free and open to the public. The Spring Creek Campus Conference Center is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

The conference will offer session for three continuing education units Thursday, Oct. at the Spring Creek Conference Center and are Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Master Social Worker approved.

The Psychology Synergy Conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement and the Honor Institute.

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