Clinical Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology
Fisher H, Aron A, Brown LL. Romantic love: an fMRI study of a neural mechanism for mate choice, Journal of Comparative Neurology 5;493(1):58-62, 2005.
Aron, A. Fisher, H.E., Mashek, D.J., Strong, G. Li. H-f., Brown, L.L. Reward, Motivation and Emotion Systems Associated with Early-Stage Intense Romantic Love. Journal of Neurophysiology 94:327-37, 2005.Fisher HE, Aron A, Brown LL. Romantic Love: a mammalian brain system for mate choice. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society London B Biological Sciences. Dec 29;361(1476):2173-86, 2006. Review. Helen E. Fisher, Lucy L. Brown, Arthur Aron, Greg Strong, Debra Mashek. Reward, Addiction, and Emotional Regulation Systems associated with Rejection in Love. Journal of Neurophysiology 104:51-60, 2010. Frascella, J, Potenza MN, Brown LL, Childress AR. Shared brain vulnerabilities open the way for nonsubstance addictions: carving addiction at a new joint? Annals of the NY Acacemy of Sciences 1187:294-315, 2010 Xiaomeng Xu, Arthur Aron, Lucy Brown, Guikang Cao, Tingyong Feng, Xuchu Weng. Reward and Motivation Systems: A Brain Mapping Study of Early-Stage Intense Romantic Love in Chinese Participants. Human Brain Mapping Feb;32(2):249-57, 2011. Acevedo, B., Aron, A., Fisher, H., Brown, LL. Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Feb;7(2):145-59, 2012. Acevedo B, Aron A, Fisher HE, Brown LL. Neural correlates of marital satisfaction and well-being: reward, empathy and affect. Clinical Neuropsychiatry 9:20-31, 2012.
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Voice of America interviews Dr. Lucy Brown about her research demonstrating that feelings of intense love activate the reward centers in the brain, the same areas associated with the desire for food, water and even cocaine addiction.
Time interviews Dr. Lucy Brown about her recent study that links romantic rejection to brain activity associated with motivation, reward and addiction cravings.