Sometimes we run short of words to describe the experience called love, and especially new love. Life seems refreshed and new, the heart skips a beat at everything pretty, the air smells nice, the food tastes better and many other new thing follows. But have you ever wondered what makes you feel so? Is it some sort of magic being cast or is just the hormones? A team of experts had found an answer to that and it connects new love to the hunger we have for food or cravings for drugs.
It’s according to a study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology, a team of scientists argued that romantic love is somewhat like the biological urge of hunger for food rather than just sexual needs.
A team led by Dr. Helen Fisher, an anthropologist at Rutgers University, Dr. Lucy Brown from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Dr. Arthur Aron, a psychologist at the State University of New York, studied around 2,500 brain images of 17 college students who were in the early stages of the process of love.
The students were asked to watch the pictures of the person they were in love with while their brains were being scanned by an MRI machine. After that they also did the scanning of the participants’ brains while they were looking at the picture of acquaintances. The researchers then compared the images and came at a few important conclusions.
The researchers found that the neural profile of the brain of students in a new love is similar to the neural profile of brains when they’re hungry, thirsty or when someone craves for some sort of drugs. No wonder why they always quoted that love is the biggest drug! However, as the relationship grows and has covered a few years, the neural activities also alters from what they were before.
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