What Happens To Your Brain When You’re In Love

For those who have been in romantic liaison, you will understand the ecstatic happiness you feel when you’re in love. Scientist from Southwest University in Chongqing, China have found observable data that links falling in love to the activity in the brain.

Researchers tested 100 students divided into thirds with those who were romantically involved, recently broken up and singles who have never been in love.

For those in love, 12 areas of the brain were more active and involved in blood flow than those who were not, meaning that our brains work better when we are romantically involved.

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

The brain when your’e in love. Picture by Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
This is what your brain looks like if you've never been in love, according to scientists (Pic: Frontier for Human Neurosciences)
The brain when your’e not in love. Picture by Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

The team from the University summed up the study:

“This study provides the first empirical evidence of love-related alterations in the underlying functional architecture of the brain. These results shed light on the underlying neurophysiological mechanisms of romantic love by investigating intrinsic brain activity, and demonstrate the possibility of applying a resting state approach for investigating romantic love.”