"When you're in the throes of this romantic love it's overwhelming, you're out of control, you're irrational," researcher Helen Fisher of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., told the New York Times.You’ll do to things like eat at restaurants without super-sizing and watch movies where people kiss. It’s total madness.
"When rejected, some people contemplate stalking, homicide, suicide. This drive for romantic love can be stronger than the will to live."Or they quit their fantasy NBA league and watch Basic Instinct six times. To each his/her own.
"This drive for romantic love can be stronger than the will to live," Fisher said.So can rooting for the Red Sox, but you don’t see me jumping off a bridge when they lose … much.
She and other researchers, reporting in The Journal of Neurophysiology, used functional magnetic resonance imaging to generate 2,500 brain scans of 17 recently in-love college students.Seventeen college kids? Are the researchers sure this isn’t a reaction from eating too many worms during last night’s drinking binge?
They measured neural responses to pictures of each student's love interest and an acquaintance. People in love had greater activity in the brain area that makes or receives dopamine, which increases when people desire or wish for a reward.Show me a picture of a smokin’ co-ed and you’ll get one heck of a response, too, and not just neural, if you know what I mean.
Separate parts of the brain control sexual arousal and long-term commitment, researchers said.Let’s break it down honestly: 90% of the brain - Sexual arousal. 8% - Baseball. 1.99% - Pizza. .01% - Long-term commitment.