Why does the honeymoon phase at the beginning of a relationship end? Scientists may have found the answer by studying our brains in love.
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What Falling in Love Does to the Brain
“In one small study, researchers looked at magnetic resonance images of the brains of 10 women and seven men who claimed to be deeply in love. The length of their relationships ranged from one month to less than two years. Participants were shown photographs of their beloved, and photos of a similar-looking person.”
Everlasting Love: Science Proves Initial Passion Is Far From Fleeting
“With all the talk of cougars, starter wives, and sugar daddies floating around these days-not to mention sky-high divorce rates-conventional wisdom is that the initial passion that brings two people together simply cannot last. Monogamous, till-death-do-us-part love is out of fashion. However, a recent study is doing its part to reverse that common outlook and bring a little bit of hope to those still wishing to grow old with someone.”
Love and the Brain
“When we are falling in love, chemicals associated with the reward circuit flood our brain, producing a variety of physical and emotional responses-racing hearts, sweaty palms, flushed cheeks, feelings of passion and anxiety. Levels of the stress hormone cortisol increase during the initial phase of romantic love, marshaling our bodies to cope with the “crisis” at hand.”
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