Long-Term Love on the Brain

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Passionate love doesn’t have to decline over time. A new study has found that the brains of people in long-term, loving relationships show activity in the same regions that are activated when people first fall in love. Dr. Arthur Arons, co-author of the study, is a social psychologist at Stony Brook University.


Dr. Arthur Arons

Comments [8]

Alyssa from Queens

Dr. Arthur Aron's name is spelled incorrectly above. There's no S at the end:

In case listeners are looking for more information on his work.

Jan. 26 2009 12:34 PM
J.D. from manhattan

My spouse and I have been madly in love for 24 years -- exactly the kind of a couple Dr Arthur Arons studies. However, we've been told by therapists that our relationship isn't healthy because we're too obsessed with each other. How does one differentiate between being neurotically involved and healthily involved? Or does such a differentiation exist at all?

Jan. 08 2009 01:39 PM
Monrovia Van Hoose from Austin, TX

Have these findings been published anywhere?
Where can they be found?

Jan. 08 2009 01:37 PM
Alex W-B from Manhattan

I wonder how family history plays into this. Are people from more entact families more likely to have these long term feelings than people from divorced parents and chaotic family systems?

Jan. 08 2009 01:35 PM
Sarah from Queens

Were there any differences in brain activity between those individuals that have children and those without?

Jan. 08 2009 01:35 PM
markBrown from and

interestingly enough my wife and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary (and 32nd year together.

I say the secrets are:
1) repeating your love Verbally
2) making sure your spouse and you develop on the same level
3) dont let the kids ever separate you

Jan. 08 2009 01:33 PM
John-Paul G from Elizabeth, NJ

What of the polyamorous community? I do have this feeling for more than just one person.

Jan. 08 2009 01:32 PM
Ramona from Brooklyn

is it necessary to maintain monogamy to do this?

Jan. 08 2009 01:25 PM

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