Monday, September 3, 2012

Of Brains And Romance

How your brain looks early on in a relationship can predict how it's going 40 months later.  Tasty bits:
"The findings illustrate that long-term relationship outcomes, particularly relationship happiness, involve more than simply the reward and motivated drive associated with basal ganglia activation that is the hallmark of intense romantic love. In addition to the drive for a partner, long-term relationship happiness and longevity are also reflected in brain regions involved in satiation when receiving a partner-related reward (e.g., seeing a picture of the beloved and recalling memories of them), emotion regulation, the ability to exert inhibitory cognitive control (of craving toward the partner) and social evaluation."

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