August 7, 2017 – Here’s What Happens to Your Brain During a Break-Up
Scientists have begun to catch up with what the heart has known all along: love hurts. At least that’s what researchers at Columbia University found in 2011 after conducting brain scans of people involved in unwanted break-ups in the last six months.
According to the study, participants’ brains lit up in the same places when shown pictures of ex-partners as they did when exposed to the pain of a hot probe on the arm. Those areas of the brain did not light up when these same individuals saw pictures of their friends.
“These findings are consistent with the idea that the experience of social rejection, or social loss more generally, may represent a distinct emotional experience that is uniquely associated with physical pain,” Ethan Kross, an associate professor at University of Michigan who helped conduct the study, told University of Michigan News in 2011.