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This one specific brain area was smaller in participants who were in love

15 December 2016

There may not be too many threads linking romantic poetry and psychology, but new research from Japan suggests that Cicero may have been on to something when he wrote that “love is a madness.”

The results of brain imaging experiments have shown that participants in the relatively early stages of a romantic relationship had reduced grey matter in one specific region of the brain which is involved in processing reward.

Following on from a study which found that students in the early days of a passionate relationship exhibited reduced cognitive control, it seems that our brains may well adjust to the intensity of our romantic lives.

Read more on our Research Digest blog.

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