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Research Confirms Being Crazy in Love Just Gets Better

Bianca Acevedo and Arthur Aron, researchers in the Psychology Department at Stony Brook University in New York conducted a study of 17 madly in love couples who have been married for an average of 21 years. They each looked at a picture of his or her spouse while an fMRI scanned the brain. These brain scans were then compared to those of newly in love couples—you know, the kind where all you can think about is the other person night and day. In general, the scans looked very similar. However, the long-in-love brains show no activity among the areas that are commonly associated with anxiety and fear—these areas lit up for the newly in love couples. Conversely, these brains not only showed the absences of anxiety, but activity in the opiate-rich sites of the brain that are associated with pleasure and pain relief. These areas also activate by primary rewards such as food, and substances like morphine. For more, read this great article from Time.com.

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