BETHESDA, Md. (Feb. 11, 2009) − Love is usually associated with the heart: Valentine's Day chocolates, for example, often come in a (stylized) heart-shaped box. But recent studies by neuroscientists show that love is actually very much in our heads.
Dr. Lucy Brown, a neuroscientist at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, has studied the brain during various stages of romantic love using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). She describes these studies in the most recent episode of the APS podcast, Life Lines (www.lifelines.tv).
The episode is entitled Where Love Begins: In the Brain and can be found by clicking here or by clicking on Episode 18 at www.lifelines.tv.
This audio podcast recounts the portions of the brain that are active for people who are:
Among Dr. Brown's findings that you can hear in this interview:
There is also some research that suggests that couples that do new and challenging things together tend to keep their relationships fresher and more exciting. Please listen to this and other episodes at www.lifelines.tv.
|Contact: Christine Guilfoy|
American Physiological Society