The Secrets of the Heart: Love Directionality and Construct Integration

Alex Kogan : Psychology

Mentor: Datcher Keltner, Psychology

In the last thirty years, psychology has seen an explosion in research on love and interpersonal relationships. Much of the work, however, has focused on either mapping styles of love or the functionality of romantic love within the evolutionary and attachment traditions, leaving much of the terrain unexplored. Alex's research aims to go beyond the current models, encapsulated by three prime objectives: 1) establish the difference between "to love" and "to be loved"; 2) garner initial support for the love processor model, which attempts to unify and expand love outside the purely romantic realm; and 3) establish some of the personality, cultural, and situational factors which contribute to the vast differences individuals have in their definitions of love.