Today in Sex: Turns Out, Love Is A Drug

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Can you imagine, just days after being dumped by someone you considered the love of your life, sitting through an experiment that entailed getting hooked up to a machine called an fMRI and looking at photos of your beloved over and over again? This torture is exactly what about fifteen students from State University of New York at Stony Brook and Rutgers University volunteered to do in order to help scientists see exactly where the heartbreak center of the brain is located.

In news that will be shocking to absolutely nobody who's ever suffered through a horrible breakup, turns out that the part of your brain that lights up the brightest during heartache is the section that's also wired to "reward, motivation, physical pain, craving and addiction." Which explains why, according to Time magazine, the study found that these sad young guinea pigs reported, "inappropriate phoning, writing or e-mailing, pleading for reconciliation, sobbing for hours, drinking too much and/or making dramatic entrances and exits into the rejecter's home, place of work or social space to express anger, despair or passionate love."

Been there + done that x a million.

Where did this leave the poor, tortured, college students who took part in the study? Lucy Brown, professor of neuroscience and neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, reports, "One guy called back the next day and said he thought the self-knowledge really helped."

Self-knowledge? That's it? It's been a while since I was in college, but from what I remember, college guys have about as much use for self-knowledge as I do for mechanical bull rides or bible study class. College dudes want boobies and blowjobs--or at least a pizza and some beers. Hey academics--here's a tip: maybe you'd get more than 15 volunteers if you'd sweeten the payoff a bit.

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