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This is Your Brain in Love: Scenes from the Stanford Love Competition

in LifeStanfordTechnology | February 16th, 2012 13 Comments

Can one person experience love more deeply than another? That’s whatThe Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging and filmmaker Brent Hoff set out to understand when they hosted the 1st Annual Love Competition. Seven contestants, ranging from 10 to 75 years of age, took part. And they each spent five minutes in an fMRI machine, thinking deeply about love and allowing the imaging technology to measure activity in their dopamine, serotonin and ocytocin/vasopressin pathways. If you think this sounds unromantic, you’ll want to reserve judgment. Though science may be the explicit focus here, the film has a touching human dimension to it.

The Love Competition was made as part of Wholphin, the short film quarterly published by McSweeney’s. You can subscribe to Wholphin to find more films.

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Loved the way this 'contest' was presented, very human and educational all by itself. And the winners... right! A spiritually-minded loving man (with his supportive wife right there...) and a young boy naturally in his heart of joy.

Just wondering: What comes first? The lovingness itself or the measurable chemicals in the brain? And the big question: How to love and let these love hormones flow freely? For myself the science and technology of Nonviolent Communication goes a long way to open the heart, to accessing love...

Thanks for posting this!
Barbara xo

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Wiebe

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