Different Types of Love Involve Different Parts of the Brain

Stephanie Ortigue of Syracuse University conducted a study about the neurochemical reactions involved in falling in love. She found that different types of love are addressed by different parts of the brain.

For example, unconditional love, such as that between a mother and a child, is sparked by the common and different brain areas, including the middle of the brain. Passionate love is sparked by the reward part of the brain, and also associative cognitive brain areas that have higher-order cognitive functions, such as body image.


Ortigue also said (or at least the article about her study said) that falling in love takes one fifth of a second. That part of the article didn't make a lot of sense to me, but perhaps Neatoramanauts more literate in biochemistry can explain.

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SO when people say they weren't thinking when they fell for a certain girl, the actual correct saying would just be that hey weren't using the right side of their brain.
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They should differentiate between Lust and Attraction in there also.

The high-speed falling in love they refer to is most-likely a woman being quickly ATTRACTED to someone when she sees them,

and then just rewriting history after the relationship worked out.
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@Jessss, doesn't that kind of go back to shadowfirebird's original question? With the premise of unconditional love between mother and child: is unconditional love still unconditional when one party doesn't recognize it as so?

Personally, I never perceived that relationship as being regarded as reciprocal, anyway, i.e. a mother's love for her child is unconditional, not necessarily her child's love for her. (And where is fathers' unconditional love in all this, eh?)
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