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Susan Farley, top; Michael Falco for The New York Times
Dr. Lucy Brown, above, and Dr. Helen Fisher, left, analyzed 2,500 brain images from 17 college students in the throes of new love - a drive, Dr. Fisher said, that "can be stronger than the will to live."

American Psychological Society
A new study suggests that an area of the brain known as the caudate is associated with passion.

1 posted on 05/30/2005 6:28:21 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
That's what happened to all the dems that love hillary....
2 posted on 05/30/2005 6:31:22 PM PDT by b4its2late (It's frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.)
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3 posted on 05/30/2005 6:32:35 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

So, that explains everything! I was insane when I fell in love with a liberal and dated him for 3 years. ;-)


5 posted on 05/30/2005 6:38:11 PM PDT by Nataku X (I want to be a great masochist so I can learn to be a great sadist someday!)
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To: neverdem; cyborg; nuconvert
Love is very interesting. And yes, it does seem akin to madness ....in fact it seems exactly like madness. A rabid giggling raving singing soaring euphoric ecstasy of madness. And I love it.

(Now, let me go watch Moulon Rouge for the umpteenth time ...erm, cough cough.... I mean let me go watch illegal no-holds barred Vietnamese dirt-pit fighting LOL).

6 posted on 05/30/2005 6:39:06 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear tipped ICBMs: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol.)
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To: neverdem
Romeo, oh Romeo!

Whereforth art thy brainscans?

7 posted on 05/30/2005 6:39:54 PM PDT by xJones
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To: neverdem

Unbeknowst to me I was dating a married man. When I found out, we parted ways but I was really crushhed to find out it was all a lie. I had a really bad facial acne condition for two years and since I've found someone who really does love me and isn't a pathological liar, it's disappeared. Glad I didn't spend the $1000 a doctor was going to charge me to clean up my face.


17 posted on 05/30/2005 7:13:00 PM PDT by cyborg (I am ageless through the power of the Lord God.)
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To: neverdem
New love can look for all the world like mental illness.....

All the world loves a lover mental illness?
Hmmm......

20 posted on 05/30/2005 7:20:01 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: neverdem

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind:..."


22 posted on 05/30/2005 7:21:29 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: neverdem
It is closer in its neural profile to drives like hunger, thirst or drug craving...

Several years ago I saw an "Army film" about how cocaine affected the brain. This fits with that.

23 posted on 05/30/2005 7:21:37 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: neverdem
... Ms. Katz said she became hyperactive to distract herself after the split, but said she also had moments of almost physical withdrawal, as if weaning herself from a drug...years and years ago one of the best professors of Psychology I ever encountered, Dr. Richard Solomon, shocked one of his classes including a naive young me by hypothesizing that love is in fact an "addiction" - he'd find evidence provided in studies such as this amusing and validating, but unfortunately he passed away a decade ago.......
35 posted on 05/30/2005 9:10:25 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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