Listen: Can We Choose To Fall Out Of Love? A Ted Talk By DESSA (10 Min 30 Sec)

Words by: Tim Smith

The singer and rapper Dessa had been writing songs about heartbreak for years as she waded through a volatile relationship and a protracted breakup. One night, inspired by a TED Talk, she decided to design a case study in which she'd be the only participant. With the help of an fMRI machine, a team of willing scientists and a neuro-feedback practitioner, she turned to neuroscience to see if it could help her, finally, fall out of love. In this talk, she shares the journey and results of this unique endeavour. Dessa’s project may not be an official scientific study, but it is a lens for examining the big questions on love and loss, mind and body, art and science.