In March 1972 Elvis Presley recorded his classic version of ‘You were always on my mind’ now some 40 odd years later...science has caught up and provided some empirical evidence to support ‘The King’s’ own retrospective case study. Later on in the decade Pete Shelley and the Buzzcocks sang ‘Ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn’t have fallen in love with..? the answer is now upon us.
Professor Xiaochu Zhang of the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei has provided evidence of the neurophysiological changes that take place when someone is in love. Using fMRI they were able to compare the brains of examples of those ‘in love’ V those who were no longer in love or had never been in love. What are the applications of such research? Will we see Jeremy Kyle providing live on-screen scans to settle arguments over commitment levels and feelings….and how does the love of doing something you enjoy or the love for a sibling, child or for a relative differ from romantic love physiologically?