Category: The Neuroscience of Love

Neuroscience: The Neuroscience of “Love” | Limerence and the Biochemical Roots of Love Addiction

“Popular culture has done us a great disservice in our understanding of romantic love. From a young age, we watch movies and read books that form the scripts of our adult relationships. But popular culture usually gets it wrong, often in the name of entertainment, and ends up confusing love with limerence. Click: Limerence and…

Neuroscience: Limerence vs. Love: The Neuroscience of Love and Love Addiction |

“Are limerence and love the same thing?The Neuroscience of Love and Love AddictionIf countless poems and songs are to be believed, they are. If modern brain-imaging studies are to be believed, they most definitely are not. Of course, it’s not just poets and songwriters who confuse the two. Love addicts in particular are notorious for…

And women who were virgins on their wedding night were the least likely to get divorced, according to the study. It found only five per cent of women who had zero sexual partners had marriages that ended in divorce. Professor Wolfinger explained the findings by noting that one of the most common reasons for abstinence before marriage was for religious reasons. He said women who marry as virgins were far more likely to attend church at least once a week. ‘These findings make sense in light of the fact that people who attend church frequently have lower divorce rates than do non-participants,’ he added.

Note: Which came first the chicken or the egg? Do “people who attend church frequently have lower divorce rates than do non-participants” simply because they go to church, or is it more likely that (1) as virgins (with a higher virgin population within many church settings) they are better able to pair-bond, and/or (2) the biblical morals/principles/precepts make it more likely for (many though obviously not all) church-going people to live and act in a manner that increases the likelihood of successful pair-bonding despite their prior sexual interactions? I believe that virginity is a vital factor despite the reality that non-virgins marrying, within a church setting, are more apt to have successful marriages (the pair-bonding becomes easier but, I trust, not nearly as easy as it is amongst virgin couples). Just a thought…

Click Number of sexual partners could determine how likely you are to DIVORCE | DailyMail for the entire article.

“…However, when an individual chooses to engage in casual sex, breaking bond after bond with each new sexual partner, the brain forms a new synaptic map of one-night–stands. This pattern becomes the “new normal” for the individual. When and if the individual later desires to find a more permanent partner, the brain mapping will have to be overcome, making a permanent bond more difficult to achieve. Often the individual is not aware that the brain has adapted to the behavior pattern and he/she begins to think, “That’s just the way I am”, further reinforcing the pattern. “


Click Pair- bonding and the Brain | Medical Institute for Sexual Health for the entire article.