While many may want the mystery to remain as to why and how people fall in love, scientists have discovered the effects on the brain when people fall in love for the rest of us.
This may explain why people in seemingly stable relationships go out and have affairs with what seem like irrational crushes.
Scanning technology allows neurologists to unearth incredible images of what happens in our brains when we fall in love.
They have discovered the chemical changes that occur and which parts of the brain that activate during the process of falling in love.
Most importantly, they unearthed which parts of the brain stop functioning during love.
The frontal cortex, vital to judgment, shuts down when we fall in love. MRI scans show this deactivation occurs only when someone is shown a photo of the person they adore, causing them to suspend all criticism or doubt.
“When you look at someone you are passionate about, some areas of the brain become active,” said Semir Zeki, professor of neuro-aesthetics at University College London. “But a large part is deactivated, the part that plays a role in judgment.”
Zeki believes the brain acts this way because it makes reproduction more likely. If judgment is suspended, the most unlikely pair can get together and reproduce.
Someone in love will still be capable of making other major decisions in their lives, from striking a business deal to choosing a new mortgage.
Brain scans have also shown the area of the brain that controls fear, and another region involved in negative emotions, close down, explaining why people aren’t afraid of the consequences of falling in love when they fall head over heels.
Be weary of falling in love, you may lose your ability to have rational fears and may end up with a bun in the oven!
Stephen Willard | Elite.