Deactivation

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Activity in the amygdala went down

Curiously, our participants all showed a deactivation in the amygdala:  when lovers looked at their sweetheart neural activity was less here than when they looked at the Neutral face.  The amygdala plays a significant role in generating fear and anger.  Is this why lovers often appear fearless when facing dire obstacles to their romance?  This bunge jumper is pretty fearless!  Her amygdala may be DEactivated when she jumps!


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But why would anger be reduced among happy lovers?  Could this enable them to overlook all the mishaps of a budding partnership?   We don’t know.   What do you think?

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