A new field of study seeks to explain the biology behind romantic love.
WiredPRNews.com – Researchers in a new field of study are examining the biological basis of being in love. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), it is proposed that images of the brain and genetics are among items that can help lead to a better understanding of what researchers say is a circuit of love in the brain.
As noted in the report, researchers have identified four regions of the brain that are believed to form the love circuit, the ventral tegmental area (VTA), the nucleus accumbens, the ventral pallidum, and the raphe nucleus. In a brain imaging test of people who were newly in love, the VTA was shown to light up when shown pictures of their significant other. This area of the brain is stated to be part of the brain’s reward system. Helen Fisher, who teaches at Rutgers University, is quoted as stating of the VTA, “These are cells that make dopamine and send it to different brain regions… This part of the system becomes activated because you’re trying to win life’s greatest prize — a mating partner.”
Further research on the subject may one day lead to solutions for helping individuals with relationship trouble or the treatment of conditions that hinder social interaction. Current developments are already being used for matchmaking services.
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