Ever wondered if that first date could be The One or if your relationship is really (foreals) True Love? A new study might just be able to tell you — and we’re not talking about diagrams depicting what your sleeping position says about your relationship or scans that show your heart rate after the question is popped. This new study shows what your brain looks like when you’re in love, and the results are pretty crazy.
The new study — conducted by scientists from Southwest University in Chongqing, China — is credited as the first observable data to link falling in love with extreme chemical changes going on in the brain. By conducting MRI scans of 100 students broken down into three groups (romantically involved, recently single and never in love) the researchers spotted specific areas of the brain that showed increased activity depending on the participants’ relationship status. Not only is this an exciting development in how love affects the brain, but the scientists behind the study also believe it could eventually lead to a “love test.” Now wouldn’t that be easy for everyone ;)
The ones who were currently in love had the most activity going on inside those craniums, while the other two groups had less action. Not only did the scans show more activity and chemical changes for the in-love group, but the areas of brain activity are notable. The action occurred in sections of the brain dealing with reward, motivation, emotion regulation and social cognition network. Sooo basically, fall in love and become a more well-rounded person? Keep swiping, y’all!
If there was a love test would you take it? Let us know in the comments.
(h/t Elite Daily)