SRS Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it: New Study on Brain Areas of Love/Sex

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  1. Peyomp

    Peyomp New Member

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    Hot damn, this is an amazing finding.

    For me the next obvious step is that since romantic love can be associated with a particular brain region, as opposed to being a higher cerebral function, it may be possible to directly influence this region. With drugs, or some other method... Imagine a romance pill, like Viagra for the heart.

    So for those too lazy to click...

    The American Physiological Society believes that the big question has been answered. Research conducted by a neuroscientist, an anthropologist, and a social psychologist--Drs. Arthur Aron, Helen E. Fisher, Debra J. Mashek, et al.--has revealed that sex and romantic love are two different animals (well, at least the sex is). In addition, it seems that romantic love has a distinct biological drive:

    "Most of the participants in our study clearly showed emotional responses," noted Arthur Aron of the State University of New York-Stony Brook, "but we found no consistent emotional pattern. Instead, all of our subjects showed activity in reward and motivation regions. To emotion researchers like me, this is pretty exciting because it's the first physiological data to confirm a connection between romantic love and motivation networks in the brain.
    "As it turns out, romantic love is probably best characterized as a motivation or goal-oriented state that leads to various specific emotions, such as euphoria or anxiety," Aron noted. "With this view, it becomes clearer why the lover expresses such an imperative to pursue his or her beloved and protect the relationship."

    Aron added: "Our participants who measured very high on a self report questionnaire of romantic love also showed strong activity in a particular brain region--results that dramatically increase our confidence that self-report questionnaires can actually measure brain activity."

    Aron also noted that the research answered the "historic question of whether love and sex are the same, or different, or whether romantic passion is just warmed over sexual arousal." He said, "Our findings show that the brain areas activated when someone looks at a photo of their beloved only partially overlap with the brain regions associated with sexual arousal. Sex and romantic love involve quite different brain systems."

    Aron reported that, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and other measurements, he and his colleagues found support for their two major predictions: (1) early stage, intense romantic love is associated with subcortical reward regions rich with dopamine; and (2) romantic love engages brain systems associated with motivation to acquire a reward...

    Another important discovery, Brown said, was that "to our surprise, the activation regions associated with intense romantic love were mostly on the right side of the brain, while the activation regions associated with facial attractiveness were mostly on the left.

    "We didn't predict such a striking lateralization," Brown reported..."
     
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    MSNBC had a little blurb on a similar study tonight that mentioned that love stimulates the reward region of the brain and this is the first time they've been able to isolate a portion of the brain that is unique to "love".... i agree with johan above... we could be well on our way to a "love pill" that makes you feel like you're in love... or even further than that, a love potion that somehow activates that portion of the brain through scent (some chemical perfume?) or ingestion (a drink perhaps?) that will have us falling in love with whomever we happen to be drinking/smelling at the time...

    very bizarre
     
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    There already is a "love" pill. Its called MDMA. ;) Maybe you mean "second generation love pill?"

    Oh, and the MSNBC blurb would have been about the same study.
     
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    beanolo It does a body good!!!1

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    I sure could relieve some tension atm :)
     
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    Me too :wtc:
     
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    what about when love and sex coincide?
     
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    Then love compels you to have sex, and sex is a reward for growing love. The two are symbiotic. But where there's one without the other... well we just aren't designed for that, in a way.
     
  9. If anyone has confirmed that, it's me. :rolleyes: :(
     
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    Thats odd. I just got out of a relationship that was no-sex, but very emotional, and now the only thing that I want in a relationship is sex. I dunno, maybe my brain is just trying to even itself out...
     
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    ballerman230 just a pale blue dot

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    so how does this confirm the ladder theory?
     

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