True Love? Scan It: Brain’s MIR can Detect it

Have you ever wondered why there are people saying that your heart has nothing to do with love, but how your brain works when you fall in love? It is a great discovery for an angst-ridden teenager or a suspicious spouse – scientists have cleared the way for a test that can tell if the love is real.

Neurologists claimed they have discovered the secrets of how various emotions affect the brain.

Scientists believe they have isolated the parts of the brain that are most active during different stages of romance.

They found that a dozen different areas of the brain are affected in different ways by the emotions of love.

Findings showed that a mix of chemicals carry messages from one region to another, which may allow the researchers in the future to use MRI scans in order to tell what someone truly feels.

The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience reveal that the team are already self-assured they have discovered the part of the brain – the caudate nucleus – which is most active at the end of a love affair.‘

One day, they may be able to tell exactly how someone feels with a brief scan, if the other parts of the puzzle can be pieced together.

The concept unfastens new possibilities for use of the technology in legal disputes, divorce proceedings or criminal trials involving crimes of passion.

Professor Xiaochu Zhang of the University of Science and Technology of China, who led the study, said: ‘Our study provides the first evidence of love-related alterations in the underlying architecture of the brain and the results shed new light on the mechanisms of romantic love.

‘Based on our results, we guess the love may influence dispersive brain networks during general state, including the reward, emotion regulation, motivation, as well as the social cognition brain networks.

‘It might suggest, when someone fall into the love, their brain works in a different way in many types of behaviors besides the love-related during the daily life.’

Researchers carried out brain scans of 100 men and women. Participants were divided into three groups according to their relationship status: in-love group comprised of those who were intensely in love; a group of ended-love, who had recently ended a romantic relationship; and a third group were single and never had a romance.

Early findings show that the areas of the brain involved include those already known to be associated with reward, motivation, emotion, and social functioning.

Under the scanner, the different areas of the brain ‘light up’ representing as key hormones – dopamine, oxytocin and vasopressin – which flow to different parts of the brain at different rates.

Enough tests need to carry out in order that a definitive ‘brain map’ can be drawn up indicating what different emotional states look like.



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