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The power of love on the human brain

Grafton, Scott T
Published in Social Neuroscience. 2006, vol. 1, no. 2, p. 90-103
Abstract Romantic love has been the source for some of the greatest achievements of mankind throughout the ages. The recent localization of romantic love within subcortico-cortical reward, motivation and emotion systems in the human brain has suggested that love is a goal-directed drive with predictable facilitation effects on cognitive behavior, rather than a pure emotion. Here we show that the subliminal exposure of a beloved's name (romantic prime) during a lexical decision task dramatically improves performance in women in love (Experiment 1), as the subliminal presentation of a passion's descriptive noun does (Experiment 2). The parallel between love and passion allows us to interpret these facilitation effects as corresponding to cognitive top-down processes within a motivation-enhanced neural network.
Keywords AdolescentAdultBrain/physiologyBrain Mapping/methodsEmotions/physiologyFemaleHumansLoveMiddle AgedNerve Net/physiologyPhotic Stimulation/methodsPower (Psychology)Reaction Time/physiology
PMID: 18633778
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BIANCHI-DEMICHELI, Francesco, GRAFTON, Scott T, ORTIGUE, Stéphanie. The power of love on the human brain. In: Social Neuroscience, 2006, vol. 1, n° 2, p. 90-103. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:29403

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