Do You Have Love On The Brain?



With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us are walking around with love (or chocolate) on the brain. In celebration of the sugary sweet holiday, I’ve gathered some love inspired articles and videos I think you’ll enjoy.

What Happens To Your Brain When You Fall In Love?
The chemical steps that lead to love.

Just Thinking Of A Loved One Can Reduce Physical Pain
Next time you are in pain, think of a loved one – or at least look at a photo of them.

Why You Blush
Dutch psychologists find that the presence (or absence) of blushing determines whether your embarrassing blunder will be forgiven.

The Brain In Love – Why We Crave Love So Much

Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love — and people who had just been dumped — to figure out why we crave love.

Do I Love My Wife? An Investigative Report
A.J. Jacobs volunteers to go into an fMRI machine so researchers can “see” how he truly feels about his wife.


Here’s a short video that illustrates the fMRI test above.


How Your Brain Handles Love And Pain
Just knowing your loved one is in pain activates a specific area of your brain and leads to empathy.

Can You Stay Madly In Love With Your Spouse?
Love just might leave a strong impression on your brain, as well as your heart, suggest researchers from Stony Brook University.

And for those of you who aren’t so fond of the big red day, no worries. Monday will be here soon enough, and I’ll cease with the mushy stuff.    ;-)



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