Scientists Discover True Love
Brain scans show that some couples have as much passion twenty years into a relationship than in the first blush of love.
A team from Stony Brook University in New York scanned the brains of couples who had been together for 20 years and compared them with those of new lovers. They found that about one in 10 of the mature couples exhibited the same chemical reactions when shown photographs of their loved ones as people commonly do in the early stages of a relationship.
Previously, it was believed that love begin to fade at 15 months and that after 10 years all those good chemicals are gone. Now it is believed that the first stage of love, called limerence, can lead to a more mature level called “intensive companionship and sexual liveliness.” When a picture of one’s beloved is shown to a “swan”, someone in this mature phase of love, MRI scans show that pleasure-producing dopamine is created.
One pair of [the researcher’s] swans are Billy and Michelle Jordon who, 18 years after they met, still make their friends envious. The couple, who live in Newport Beach, California, hold hands all the time. “It comes very naturally,” said Michelle, 59.
Lisa Baber, 40, and her husband David, 46, from Bristol, say they still feel the same frisson as when they got together 17 years ago.
“He was crazy and so exciting, he whisked me off my feet,” said Lisa. “That excitement is very much alive. We make sure our lives are always changing.”
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