Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sick For Love

PLoS One reports that staring at your beloved’s face can reduce pain.

The study found that college students who looked at pictures of their partners felt less pain than those who were given something distracting to think about. fMRI scans revealed that love-induced pain relief was linked to activity in the brain's reward centers (e.g. amygdala) and in the limbic areas that affect emotion. Distraction-induced pain relief, however, mostly occurred along cognitive pathways.

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