Reward, motivation, and emotion systems associated with early-stage intense romantic love.

@article{Aron2005RewardMA,
  title={Reward, motivation, and emotion systems associated with early-stage intense romantic love.},
  author={Arthur Aron and Helen E. Fisher and Debra J. Mashek and Greg Strong and Haifang Li and Lucy L. Brown},
  journal={Journal of neurophysiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={94 1},
  pages={327-37}
}
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 social behaviors that have reproductive and genetic consequences. To determine which reward and motivation systems may be involved, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging and studied 10 women and 7 men who were intensely "in love" from 1 to 17 mo. Participants alternately viewed a photograph of… CONTINUE READING
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