With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many men and women are no doubt trying to work out the best way to surprise someone special. Whether you’ve been married for 10 years or you’re secretly in love with the girl next door, chances are, when it comes to the opposite sex you’re as confused as the next person.
No doubt you’ve heard about the ‘relationship bible’ Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and just by the title alone you get the picture that men and women are entirely different.
That myth has been expelled in a recent study showing that men and women are in fact wired in the same way when it comes to love.
When it comes to love and all that stuff, men and women are in fact very similar. Researchers at the University where the study was conducted studied the brain of more than 24 men and women who claimed to be in loving relationships.
The participants brains were scanned while they viewed photos of their partners, as well as pictures of the same sex as their partner but for whom they no romantic feelings.
The results showed that almost identical brain patterns for both sexes in areas that are rich in dopamine or ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter activity. This is thought to be linked to the regulation of emotional relationships and bonding.
And remember that old adage ‘Love is Blind’? The same study also revealed that love could in fact be blind, with scans revealing activity in the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for judgement, was significantly decreased when study participants viewed photos of their partners.