April 9, 2010

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the..."

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."
- William Shakespeare (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ca. 1594)

"The activity in the brains of 17 subjects who were deeply in love was scanned using fMRI, while they viewed pictures of their partners, and compared with the activity produced by viewing pictures of three friends of similar age, sex and duration of friendship as their partners. The activity was restricted to foci in the medial insula and the anterior cingulate cortex and, subcortically, in the caudate nucleus and the putamen, all bilaterally."
- Andreas Bartels & Semer Zeki (from "The neural basis of romantic love", NeuroReport, 2000)

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