At its worst it leads to depression, suicide and even murder.In fact, our brain scanning studies (using f MRI) show that when a person is in love, they exhibit activity in the same brain regions that become active when one is addicted to cocaine and other drugs, including the nucleus accumbens and the ventral tegmental area (VTA), two primitive parts of the brain involved in the production and distribution of dopamine.
For thousands of years, our farming forebearers were obliged to marry to please their extended family, their community and God. So I asked these spouses the question: "Would you the person you are currently married to." 81 percent said yes.
Today we are turning inward, seeking self-fulfillment; we are marrying to please ourselves. We don't poll the Match members; it's a representative sample of the American population. I think we will see more happy marriages because bad marriages can end.
In our second major study, we scanned 15 rejected lovers.
And in our third, we scanned people who were in love long-term.
Their parents can't introduce them to potential partners either. But there is a large misconception about online dating. And once you meet a potential partner for a coffee or a drink, your ancient human brain takes charge and you court by its prehistoric rules. I was interested to explore the role of temperament in personality.