Dear, I Love You With All My Brain

June 22, 2009 at 8:45 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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For centuries, love has been probed — and of course celebrated — mostly by
poets, artists and balladeers. But now its mysteries are yielding to the tools
of science, including modern brain-scanning machines.
At State University of New York at Stony Brook, a handful of young people who
had just fallen madly in love volunteered to have their brains scanned to see
what areas were active when they looked at pictures of their sweethearts.
In the same lab, older volunteers who said they were still intensely in love
after two decades of marriage participated in the experiment as well. The same
brain areas lighted up, showing that, at least in some lucky couples, the
honeymoon feeling can last. But in these folks, other areas lighted up too —
those rich in oxytocin, the “cuddling” chemical that helps new mothers make milk
and bond with their babies, that is secreted by both sexes during orgasm and
that, in animals, has been linked to monogamy and long-term attachment

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