Jan 6, 2009

Scientists Prove the Existence of 'True Love'

According to a team of researchers at Stony Brook University, New York, MRI brain scans can prove that true and everlasting love exist among people. True Love is not just an abstract thing now; it is also scientific.

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"The research team tested 10 women and seven men, who responded that they still passionately love their spouses after an average 21 years of marriage. Their brains were scanned when they were shown a picture of their spouse, producing results similar to those who have been in love for less than a year, in terms of romantic love and sexual lust." (English.chosun.com)

"Previous research suggested that the first stages of romantic love, a rollercoaster ride of mood swings and obsessions that psychologists call limerence, start to fade within 15 months. After 10 years the chemical tide has ebbed away.

The researchers nicknamed the couples “swans” because they have similar mental "love maps" to animals that mate for life such as swans, voles and grey foxes.

The reactions of the swans to pictures of their beloved were identified on MRI brain scans as a burst of pleasure-producing dopamine more commonly seen in couples who are gripped in the first flush of lust.

"The findings go against the traditional view of romance – that it drops off sharply in the first decade – but we are sure it's real," said Arthur Aron, a psychologist at Stony Brook.

Previous research had laid out the "fracture points" in relationships as 12-15 months, three years and the infamous seven-year itch.

Aron said when he first interviewed people claiming they were still in love after an average of 21 years he thought they were fooling themselves: 'But this is what the brain scans tell us and people can’t fake that.'" (Women.timesonline.co.uk)


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Scientists Prove the Existence of 'True Love'

2 comments:

Dinah 8:44 AM  

whoa, thats good to hear!

Lover Boy and Girl 2:54 PM  

Hello Dinah,

Love is in the air indeed, literally and scientifically.

Enjoy!