Parts of brain responsible for love identified
- By: Siân Knight
Scientists from University College London believe they have identified the parts of the brain responsible for true love. Using a functional magnetic resonance scanner, Andreas Bartels and Semir Zeki monitored the brain activity of 17 volunteers who described themselves as “madly and truly in love.” The volunteers, recruited from posters placed around the university, were shown pictures of the partners with whom they claimed to be “head over heels in love” while a scan took place. They were then shown pictures of a friend who was the same sex as their partner and were scanned again. Four areas of the brain which were not active when looking at pictures of a friend became active when the volunteer saw pictures of a partner; pictures of a partner also caused a marked decrease in another area of the brain.
The regions showing activity are deep in the cortex of the brain: the