Romantic heartbreak activates brain’s physical pain center

USA Today reports:

Romantic heartbreak hurts, and researchers now have a better understanding of why.

The same regions of the brain that are activated when people experience pain in their bodies also become active when people feel rejected by someone they love, new research shows.

The findings suggest that people whose feelings are crushed in an unwanted romantic breakup also may feel actual physical pain, says University of Michigan social psychologist Ethan Kross, lead author of the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.


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