Scientists have claimed to identify the neurological difference between love and lust.
It appears that lust triggers the part of the brain that responds to pleasure whereas love lights up the region that gives pleasure meaning.
These finding have come from the first detailed map of love and desire in the brain. The study was done by getting participants to view either erotic pictures of photos of their loved ones.
Data from 20 studies revealed that there are two structures in the brain, the insula and the striatum which play key roles in sexual desires and love.
When a person has sexual desire it triggers part of the striatum that responds not just to pleasures of the flesh but also to those food. Interesting… so that means the same part of our brain is responding when we see a naked person and when we see a Big Mac. Well we guess both are giving us pleasure.
In contrast the area activated by love is involved in attaching value to the things that give us pleasure.
The interesting part however is that love is not entirely pure. The part of the striatum involved in processing love is also involved in drug addiction!
Researcher from Montreal’s Concordia University explained this idea by describing love as a habit formed when sexual desire is rewarded.
Professor Jim Pfaus has said that while advances in science have explained a lot there is still a long way to go when it comes to love.