The Kissing Brain: Investigating the Neuroscience of Romantic Couples
New study uses mobile EEG to investigate real-life emotions in romantic couples.
Think about the last situation in which you experienced an intense positive emotion.
Did it involve another person?
The answer to this question is highly likely to be “Yes.” While negative emotions like sadness are often experienced when we are lonely, positive emotions often (but not always) occur while we interact with other people, like family, friends, or romantic partners. Despite this, neuroscientific studies aimed at investigating human emotions often involve people sitting in a laboratory alone while looking at pictures of emotional scenes. While this highly controlled environment has several benefits when conducting psychological experiments, it has one big drawback: Pretty much anyone can tell that looking at a picture of two people kissing is not the same as passionately kissing another person yourself.
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