The Neurology of Love

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The Neurology of Love Major Research Area The major research area discussed in the selected article is the neurology of love specifically, the brain activity observed through functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques (fMRI) observed when study participants viewed images of their long-term spouses (Acevedo et al, 2011). This is part of a larger area of research that aims to define and measure the impact that feelings of love have on the brain and the neurological system, or perhaps the processes and activities in the brain that are causal of the feelings of romantic love. Research in this area has been undertaken from many different angles and with a variety of reliable and relevant findings, yet the actual knowledge of how love works in the brain remains fairly limited (Erwin, 1999; Emanuele et al, 2006). Studies of initial feelings f romantic love during early stages of attraction, dating, and among newlyweds is somewhat more extensive and the results verified in numerous studies, however long-term love is not nearly as well-researched and appears to be more complex, making it more difficult to state conclusions with any degree of certainty (Emanuele et al, 2006; Acevedo et al, 2011). Both for intrinsic reasons and because feelings of love are associated with mating behaviors, in humans as well as other species, this research areas is highly important (Fisher et al, 2006). Increased dopamine levels and overall activity in certain areas of the brain known to be
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