SCIENCE REAFFIRMS LOVE!
Love may well be one of the most studied, but least understood behaviours. More than 20 years ago, the biological anthropologist Helen Fisher studied 166 societies and found evidence of romantic love the kind that leaves one breathless and euphoric in 147 of them.
REWARDING OURSELVES WITH LOVE
In 2005, Fisher led a research team that published a groundbreaking study that included the first functional MRI (fMRI) images of the brains of individuals in the throes of romantic love. Her team analyzed 2500 scans of college students who viewed pictures of someone special to them and compared the scans to ones taken when the students looked at the pictures of acquaintances. Photos of people they romantically loved caused the participant’s brains to become active in regions rich with dopamine, the so-called feel-good neurotransmitter. Two of the brains regions that showed activity in the fMRI scans were the caudate nucleus a…
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