New Study Claims Heartbreak And Drug Withdrawals Have Similar Effects On The Brain
For a study recently published in the Journal of Neurophysiology, researchers scanned the brains of people who had recently been dumped.
They found the areas of the brain that were activated were the same as in those who are withdrawing from “that yayo.”
Breaking up can be painful, we all know. But now researchers are showing that heartbreak produces many of the same physical symptoms as cocaine withdrawal.
The study used MRIs to record the brain activity of 15 university-aged women and men who had recently been dumped by their long-term partners and who described themselves as still being “absolutely and very intensely in love.”
The participants’ brains were scanned as they looked at images of their lost loves. Then each was shown a “neutral” image of a casual acquaintance for comparison purposes.
Researchers found that looking at photos of former partners stimulated several key areas of participants’ brains much more than viewing pictures of “neutral” people. (A similar effect can be observed when images of crack cocaine are shown to crack cocaine addicts. Even just the image or the thought of crack releases dopamine in the addict’s brain.)
Daaayyyum. Karrueche’s homegirls might wanna keep an eye on her….
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