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The brain reaction to viewing faces of opposite- and same-sex romantic partners.

Abstract

We pursued our functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies of the neural correlates of romantic love in 24 subjects, half of whom were female (6 heterosexual and 6 homosexual) and half male (6 heterosexual and 6 homosexual). We compared the pattern of activity produced in their brains when they viewed the faces of their loved partners with that produced when they viewed the faces of friends of the same sex to whom they were romantically indifferent. The pattern of activation and de-activation was very similar in the brains of males and females, and heterosexuals and homosexuals. We could therefore detect no difference in activation patterns between these groups.

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    PloS one 5:12 2010 pg e15802

    MeSH

    Adult
    Brain
    Brain Mapping
    Face
    Female
    Heterosexuality
    Homosexuality
    Humans
    Love
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Sexual Behavior
    Sexual Partners

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    21209829