Romantic love: a mammalian brain system for mate choice.

  title={Romantic love: a mammalian brain system for mate choice.},
  author={Helen E. Fisher and Arthur Aron and Lucy L. Brown},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={361 1476},
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 reward pathways in the brain. It has been proposed that intense romantic love, a human cross-cultural universal, is a developed form of this attraction system. To begin to determine the neural mechanisms associated with romantic attraction in humans, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to… CONTINUE READING
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