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Can SCIENCE Prove You’re In Love???!!!?? (VIDEO)

By on April 11, 2015

What is love, and is there a test that can prove if you do or don’t feel it?

Science knows a lot about how the brain deals with emotions like anxiety, but love? Despite being one of the strongest emotions there is, it’s still somewhat mysterious, neurologically speaking.
In 2005, the American Physiological Society used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to look at the brains of 17 men and women who were “madly in love”.
An fMRI shows where blood is flowing through the brain, and, therefore, where it is working the hardest.

They were surprised to see that the parts of the brains that lit up in their lovey-dovey subjects were the areas associated with motivation, reward, and drive, as opposed to the expected areas of emotion and sex.

From this, they postulated that, “romantic love engages the brain systems associated with motivation to require a reward,” which makes sense from an evolutionary perspective.

A new study in Frontiers of Neuroscience did brain scans on 100 subjects who felt a range of love-related emotions. Their research shows that love can actually change the structure of the brain itself!
Like the 2005 study, they found that the brains of people newly in love showed activity in the reward, motivation, and emotion centers of the brain.
However, longer periods of being out of love correlated to less the activity in those areas. This seems to suggest that being in love changes how our brain organizes itself. Since this was a cross-sectional study, researchers are hoping to be able to do additional scans on the original participants over time to see how their brains change as they fell in and out of love.

As is often heard on DNews, “more research is needed”; these two studies are really just scratching the surface of an elaborate hormonal and neurological system. Bottom line: Science only knows a tiny bit about this most complicated — and often perplexing — of emotions.

Love truly is a beautiful thing.

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