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    This is your brain...on love

    By Jonathan S. Kaplan, Ph.D.

    Recently, my friend Gina introduced me to a wonderful, documentary video by Brent Hoff.  It profiles several people who are participaing in an impromptu love "competition."  While being scanned by an fMRI machine at Stanford, each participant was asked to think about love, then researchers examined the results to determine who had the highest level of neural activity in brain regions associated with love.  Who won?  The woman in a new relationship?  The old married man?  The young boy?  Watch the video and see.  It's quite well done, and inspiring.  

    The Love Competition from Brent Hoff on Vimeo.


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    That is a great documentary! I recently posted two articles about love and the brain. You may find them interesting:



    March 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Behavior

    all my patients are freaked out to get in the machine.
    I should just say 'think about LOVE'.

    Who knew ?

    April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGayle Atlas

    Thank you Dr. Kaplan for posting this video. What a great look into the human brain and how it responds to thoughts about love. It was only three years ago when I was first introduced to mindfulness and meditation.

    Presently, practicing both has changed my life. Unconditional love is much easier than I ever thought possible. As I began to see everything as equal and one, my life was filled with love for all things, even murderers. My brother, Carl Williams was murdered in Nashville, TN in 1994. The case is unsolved, and for years I suffered. Today, I know I don't have to suffer. Today I wish no one harm, not even the mystery person who killed my brother.

    Living mindfully has allowed me to be the best me. I like this person I have become.

    The love I feel would light up my brain on an MRI, I'm sure of it.

    Connie Williams, author of Thinking Consciously Rocks!

    July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Williams

    This is so great! Before I watched the video I chose which person would be most affected, but I was wrong. Very interesting. Thanks so much for sharing.

    - Ellen Minty www.mindfullyminty.com

    June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Minty

    This is a great post i really like your blogging skills

    September 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHedford.com

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