Bianca Acevedo

Bianca Acevedo



Bianca P. Acevedo, PhD (B.A. New York University; M.A., Ph.D., Stony Brook University) first joined UCSB’s Psychology Department as a post-doctoral fellow in 2008. Subsequently, she completed post-doctoral work at Weill Cornell Medical College’s Department of Public Health and a research fellowship at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She also served one-year tenure as a Senior Research Scientist at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Acevedo is an internationally recognized expert in sensory processing sensitivity and the neural basis of romantic love. She has done extensive research on the science of love, sensory processing sensitivity, and mind-body practices. She is Editor of the Elsevier book titled, “The Highly Sensitive Brain” and a special issue of the Journal of Frontiers in Psychology on “The Science of Pair-bonding. She has taught courses on close relationships and positive psychology, and was the recipient of the 2012 International Women in Science Award. Dr. Acevedo is also the developer of the LoveSmart App. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Selected Publications

Acevedo, B., Poulin, M., Brown, L. (2019). Beyond romance: Neural and genetic correlates of altruism in pair-bonds, Behavioral Neuroscience, 133(1), 18-31.

Acevedo, B., Geher, G., Poulin, M., Grafton, S. Brown, L. (2019). The neural and genetic correlates of satisfying sexual activity in heterosexual pair-bonds, Brain and Behavior, 6, 1-16. 

Acevedo, B., Aron, E., Pospos, S., Jessen, D. (2018). The functional highly sensitive brain: A review of the brain circuits underlying sensory processing sensitivity and seemingly related disorders. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B., doi:10.1098.

Acevedo, B., Pospos, S. & Lavretsky, H. (2016). The neural mechanisms of meditative practices: Novel approaches for healthy aging. Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports, 3: 328.

Acevedo, B., Aron, E., Aron, A., Sangster, M., Collins, N., Brown, L. (2014). The highly sensitive brain: An fMRI study of sensory processing sensitivity. Brain and Behavior, 4, 580-594.

Acevedo, B., Aron A., Fisher, H., Brown, L. (2011). Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Journal, 7, 145-159. 

Acevedo, B. & Aron, A. (2009). Does a long-term relationship kill romantic love? Review of General Psychology, 13, 59-65.