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Dozens of areas of the brain are involved in being in love, according to a new study
Scientists may have figured out a way to map what being in love is at the neuroatomical level.
A team of scientists in China, in a study published in the journal Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, found that a dozen areas of the brain could be involved in the phenomena of being in love.
The team used functional magnetic resonance imaging scan (fMRI), which measures brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow, and looked at the brain scans of men and women who said they were in love, and compared them with people who had fallen out of love or had never been in love.
One area of the brain, the caudate nucleus, seems to deal with ending a love affair, according to the study that was led by Professor Xiaochu Zhang of University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei. There is also a crisscross of neurotransmitter activity between the different regions involved.
“Our study provides the first evidence of love-related alterations in the underlying architecture of the brain and the results shed new light on the mechanisms of romantic love,” Professor Xiaochu Zhang said.