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Scientists Discover New Secrets of Falling In Love

Scientists Discover New Secrets of Falling In Love



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Dr. Kim Mulvihill ReportingScientists peering deep into our brains have discovered new secrets about how we fall in love.

In fact, neuroscientists can map not just your passion, but your choices as they blaze across your brain in the blink of an eye.

The love map is made possible by the use of a high tech MRI. The device tracks neurons in the brain as they fire off. "We can see what's going on in areas, on a second by second basis, and that's really exciting if you're studying decision making, says neuroscientist Brian Knutson.

Dr. Brizendine is an expert in the differences between the male and female brain. She says the cravings are different. She says, "Females look for financial success in mates and males or potential finance success, whereas males more actually look for signs of fertility which are the breast and hips. And females with small waists, larges hips indicate a higher fertility."

Scientific findings collected at several "hurry dates" show women are pickier then men. The study shows men aren't as choosy when it comes to looks, so they'll cast a wider net. Women set a higher bar, and it starts with height. But that bar comes down as the wallets get fatter. For example, a 6-foot tall man gets a date. A 5-foot-8-inch man can get the same date if he makes $146,000 more.

But what if you're short? A 5-foot-2-inch man can get the same date if he makes $277,000 more than the 6-footer.

Hair color also counts. Blonde women have an advantage. Red haired men have a slight disadvantage.

By the way, the brain areas that are aroused by physical attraction are also stimulated by chocolate, cocaine and sports cars.

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