Navigation Links
Tracking Love, Lust in the Brain
Date:6/22/2012

FRIDAY, June 22 (HealthDay News) -- Love and sexual desire activate different but related areas of the brain, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed data from 20 studies that monitored brain activity in people while engaged in activities such as viewing erotic pictures or photographs of their romantic partners.

This meta-analysis led to a map of love and desire in the brain, which shows that two structures called the insula and the striatum are involved in the progression from sexual desire to love.

"No one has ever put these two together to see the patterns of activation," study co-author Jim Pfaus, professor of psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, said in a university news release. "We didn't know what to expect -- the two could have ended up being completely separate. It turns out that love and desire activate specific but related areas in the brain."

The researchers found that love and sexual desire activate different areas of the striatum. The area activated by sexual desire is the same one that is activated by pleasurable activities such as sex or food. The area activated by love is where things associated with reward or pleasure are given a value.

The area activated by love also is associated with drug addiction, the researchers said.

"Love is actually a habit that is formed from sexual desire as desire is rewarded," Pfaus explained. "It works the same way in the brain as when people become addicted to drugs."

He also noted that love activates pathways in the brain involved in monogamy and pair bonding, and added that some areas in the brain are less active when people feel love than when they feel desire.

"While sexual desire has a very specific goal, love is more abstract and complex," Pfaus said. "It's less dependent on the physical presence of someone else."

The study conclusions should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

More information

Your Amazing Brain has more about the science of love.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Concordia University, news release, June 20, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Aging Brain Care model receives $7.8 million in CMS innovation funding
2. Deep Brain Stimulation May Offer Longer-Term Relief for Parkinsons
3. Gene sequencing project identifies potential drug targets in common childhood brain tumor
4. UW research shows new prognosis tool for deadly brain cancer
5. For Combat Vets, Brain Injury Symptoms Can Last Years
6. Traumatic brain injury the focus of American Headache Society scientific conference
7. Tai Chi increases brain size, benefits cognition in randomized controlled trial of Chinese elderly
8. Device implanted in brain has therapeutic potential for Huntingtons disease
9. This your brain on no self-control
10. Brain-Injury Recovery Varies Widely Among Children
11. Children, brain development and the criminal law
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Tracking Love, Lust in the Brain
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... January 16, 2017 , ... Date ... http://www.ageofautism.com/legal , Sharon Kleyne, America’s leading water educator, researcher and advocate ... syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... January 16, 2017 , ... ... incorporation of iTero Element, the latest in 3-D scanning device which is capable of ... of the latest advances in dentistry, such as CAD CAM restorations , in ...
(Date:1/15/2017)... ... January 15, 2017 , ... ... is a program that strives to better communities around the world by offering ... It also provides the opportunity for team members to become involved in a ...
(Date:1/15/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 15, 2017 , ... ... choice of best physicians in eight Bay Area counties for 2017. Almost 1,000 ... healthcare research company managing the award process. Results were announced the magazine’s ...
(Date:1/14/2017)... ... January 14, 2017 , ... Healthy ... expanding line of activated charcoal products. With more and more people opting to ... products according to how they cater to specific needs. , Moody Zook focused ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/16/2017)... India , January 16, 2017 According to a ... Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014 - 2022," the global antioxidants market ... 2022, registering a CAGR of 6.42% during the forecast period. In the natural ... global volume in 2015. Continue Reading ... ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... Jan. 16, 2017  Today, Analytics 4 Life (A4L), ... announced its expansion into JLABS @ Toronto ... science incubators. As a resident in the space, A4L ... device development and commercialization expertise. JLABS @ ... innovation center that provides a flexible environment for start-up ...
(Date:1/15/2017)... Le conseil d,administration de SurgaColl Technologies ... pour la régénération de tissus humains, annonce la nomination de ... avec effet immédiat. ... Bill est un dirigeant expérimenté à l,international dans ... gestion générale et de direction au sein de sociétés internationales ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: