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‘Neuroreductionism’ is the tendency to reduce complex mental phenomena to brain states, confusing correlation for physical causation. In this paper, we illustrate the dangers of this popular neuro-fallacy, by looking at an example drawn from the media: a story about ‘hypoactive sexual desire disorder’ in women. We discuss the role of folk dualism in perpetuating such a confusion, and draw some conclusions about the role of ‘brain scans’ in our understanding of romantic love.

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B. D. Earp , A. Sandberg , & J. Savulescu Natural selection, childrearing, and the ethics of marriage (and divorce): Building a case for the neuroenhancement of human relationships’, Philosophy & Technology, vol. 25, no. 4, (2012), 561587

O. A. Wudarczyk , B. D. Earp , A. Guastella , and J. Savulescu Could intranasal oxytocin be used to enhance relationships? Research imperatives, clinical policy, and ethical considerations’, Current Opinion in Psychiatry, (2013) vol. 26, no. 5, 474484

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