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Reward, motivation, and emotion systems associated with early-stage intense romantic love.
Early-stage romantic love can induce euphoria, is a cross-cultural phenomenon, and is possibly a developed form of a mammalian drive to pursue preferred mates. It has an important influence on socialExpand
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Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love.
The present study examined the neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Ten women and 7 men married an average of 21.4 years underwentExpand
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Defining the Brain Systems of Lust, Romantic Attraction, and Attachment
Mammals and birds have evolved three primary, discrete, interrelated emotion–motivation systems in the brain for mating, reproduction, and parenting: lust, attraction, and male–female attachment.Expand
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Lust, Attraction, Attachment: Biology and Evolution of the Three Primary Emotion Systems for Mating, Reproduction, and Parenting
Humans and other mammals have evolved three primary emotion systems for mating, reproduction, and parenting: the sex drive, or lust, characterized by the craving for sexual gratification; attraction,Expand
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Romantic love: a mammalian brain system for mate choice
Mammals and birds regularly express mate preferences and make mate choices. Data on mate choice among mammals suggest that this behavioural ‘attraction system’ is associated with dopaminergic rewardExpand
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Reward, addiction, and emotion regulation systems associated with rejection in love.
Romantic rejection causes a profound sense of loss and negative affect. It can induce clinical depression and in extreme cases lead to suicide and/or homicide. To begin to identify the neural systemsExpand
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Romantic love: An fMRI study of a neural mechanism for mate choice
Scientists have described myriad traits in mammalian and avian species that evolved to attract mates. But the brain mechanisms by which conspecifics become attracted to these traits is largelyExpand
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Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Monogamy, Adultery, and Divorce
This book traces the origins of courtship, marriage, adultery, divorce and remarriage back 4,000,000 years to the grasslands of Africa, examining those traits and tendencies of love that we inheritExpand
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