How do Neurologists and Neurosurgeons study the brain?
There are many functional systems in our brain, and thus there are many methods used to understand how love works in the brain.
No single method can study everything we need to know about the brain in love, so we typically use multiple methods, each one telling us a different aspect of our brain function.
Nonmedical authors have published studies purely based on functional MRI. They proclaim that increased activity in brain regions involved in processing reward, motivation, and emotion when lovers view photographs of their partners are evidence for brain changes of love. I disagree. I have discussed in a previous blogs whether functional MRI is based on solid science or not. I believe that these fMRI studies are based on questionable science. [Read more…]