Medical Definition of Amini, Fariborz

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/21/2018

Amini, Fariborz: Iranian-born American psychiatrist (1930-2004), at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), known for using science to study the phenomenon of love. In his work, Amini explained "how lingering but forgotten impressions, like a smell or sound associated with a person or a positive experience, become embedded in the mind's memory banks, where neurons constantly fire and forge connections. Over time these links are reinforced through repeated exposure, leading to affectional bonds." This thesis was set forth in "A General Theory of Love" (2000) which Amini published in 2000 with his UCSF colleagues Thomas Lewis and Richard Lannon. He was also called Fari Amini.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018