MAR. 24 491-illust_(Mar24)science of love



Can science prove we are in love?

American Physiological Society examined the brains of 17 men and women who were in love by using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). fMRI shows where our blood is flowing through our brain, which will tell us which area in our brain works the hardest when we are in love.

Experts were surprised to know that the parts of our brain that is connected to motivation, reward and drive are most active when we are madly in love. Experts were expecting to see the areas for emotion and sex to light up but they didn’t.

Additionally, another study by Frontiers of Neuroscience did another study with 100 subjects who are also in love. They found out that our brain has a different structure during our lovey-dovey period compared to the time when we are not in love.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU


Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Physiological – the general desire or willingness of someone to do something
  2. Motivation – the general desire or willingness of someone to do something
  3. Drive – compel (someone) to act in a particular way, especially one that is considered undesirable or inappropriate
  4. Madly – to an extreme or excessive degree
  5. Structure – the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex
  6. Lovey-dovey – overly affectionate


Perspective Exchange:

  1. How would you describe your behaviour when you are in love?
  2. Do you agree that people are highly motivated when they are in love compared to when they are not in love? Why or why not?
  3. Do you believe that Science can measure love? Why or why not?