publication . Article . 2016

Being in a romantic relationship is associated with reduced gray matter density in striatum and increased subjective happiness

Hiroaki Kawamichi; Hiroaki Kawamichi; Hiroaki Kawamichi; Sho K Sugawara; Yuki H Hamano; Yuki H Hamano; Kai Makita; Masahiro Matsunaga; Hiroki C Tanabe; Yuichi Ogino; ...
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  • Published: 14 Nov 2016 Journal: Frontiers in Psychology (issn: 1664-1078, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Abstract
Romantic relationship, a widespread feature of human society, is one of the most influential factors in daily life. Although stimuli related to romantic love or being in a romantic relationship commonly result in enhancement of activation or functional connectivity of the reward system, including the striatum, the structure underlying romantic relationship-related regions remain unclear. Because individual experiences can alter gray matter within the adult human brain, we hypothesized that romantic relationship is associated with structural differences in the striatum related to the positive subjective experience of being in a romantic relationship. Because inti...
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free text keywords: Striatum, voxel-based morphometry, gray matter density, romantic relationship, subjective happiness, Psychology, BF1-990, Original Research, Developmental psychology, Stimulus (physiology), Gray (unit), Reward system, Romance, Human society, Happiness, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Social psychology
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  • Funder: Wellcome Trust (WT)
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Baumeister R. F. Leary M. R. (1995). The need to belong: desire for interpersonal attachments as a fundamental human motivation. Psychol. Bull. 117 497–529. 10.1037/0033-2909.117.3.497 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

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Blair K. Marsh A. A. Morton J. Vythilingam M. Jones M. Mondillo K. (2006). Choosing the lesser of two evils, the better of two goods: specifying the roles of ventromedial prefrontal cortex and dorsal anterior cingulate in object choice. J. Neurosci. 26 11379–11386. 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1640-06.2006 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Burkett J. P. Young L. J. (2012). The behavioral, anatomical and pharmacological parallels between soc ial attachment, love and addiction. Psychopharmacology 224 1–26. 10.1007/s00213-012-2794-x [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

81 references, page 1 of 6
Abstract
Romantic relationship, a widespread feature of human society, is one of the most influential factors in daily life. Although stimuli related to romantic love or being in a romantic relationship commonly result in enhancement of activation or functional connectivity of the reward system, including the striatum, the structure underlying romantic relationship-related regions remain unclear. Because individual experiences can alter gray matter within the adult human brain, we hypothesized that romantic relationship is associated with structural differences in the striatum related to the positive subjective experience of being in a romantic relationship. Because inti...
Subjects
free text keywords: Striatum, voxel-based morphometry, gray matter density, romantic relationship, subjective happiness, Psychology, BF1-990, Original Research, Developmental psychology, Stimulus (physiology), Gray (unit), Reward system, Romance, Human society, Happiness, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Social psychology
Funded by
WT
Project
  • Funder: Wellcome Trust (WT)
81 references, page 1 of 6

Acevedo B. P. Aron A. Fisher H. E. Brown L. L. (2012). Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love. Soc. Cogn. Affect. Neurosci. 7 145–159. 10.1093/scan/nsq092 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Amaral D. G. Schumann C. M. Nordahl C. W. (2008). Neuroanatomy of autism. Trends Neurosci. 31 137–145. 10.1016/j.tins.2007.12.005 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Aragona B. J. Liu Y. Yu Y. J. Curtis J. T. Detwiler J. M. Insel T. R. (2006). Nucleus accumbens dopamine differentially mediates the formation and maintenance of monogamous pair bonds. Nat. Neurosci. 9 133–139. 10.1038/nn1613 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Aron A. Fisher H. Mashek D. J. Strong G. Li H. Brown L. L. (2005). Reward, motivation, and emotion systems associated with early-stage intense romantic love. J. Neurophysiol. 94 327–337. 10.1152/jn.00838.2004 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Aron A. Paris M. Aron E. N. (1995). Falling in love: prospective studies of self-concept change. J. Pers. Soc. Psychol. 69 1102–1112. 10.1037/0022-3514.69.6.1102 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Ashburner J. (2007). A fast diffeomorphic image registration algorithm. Neuroimage 38 95–113. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.07.007 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Ashburner J. Friston K. J. (2000). Voxel-based morphometry–the methods. Neuroimage 11 805–821. 10.1006/nimg.2000.0582 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Barros-Loscertales A. Garavan H. Bustamante J. C. Ventura-Campos N. Llopis J. J. Belloch V. (2011). Reduced striatal volume in cocaine-dependent patients. Neuroimage 56 1021–1026. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.02.035 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Barros-Loscertales A. Meseguer V. Sanjuán A. Belloch V. Parcet M. A. Torrubia R. (2006). Striatum gray matter reduction in males with an overactive behavioral activation system. Eur. J. Neurosci. 24 2071–2074. 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2006.05084.x [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Bartels A. Zeki S. (2000). The neural basis of romantic love. Neuroreport 11 3829–3834. 10.1097/00001756-200011270-00046 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Bartels A. Zeki S. (2004). The neural correlates of maternal and romantic love. Neuroimage 21 1155–1166. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2003.11.003 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Baumeister R. F. Leary M. R. (1995). The need to belong: desire for interpersonal attachments as a fundamental human motivation. Psychol. Bull. 117 497–529. 10.1037/0033-2909.117.3.497 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Berscheid E. Walster E. (1978). Interpersonal Attraction 2nd Edn. Reading, PA: Addison-Wesley.

Blair K. Marsh A. A. Morton J. Vythilingam M. Jones M. Mondillo K. (2006). Choosing the lesser of two evils, the better of two goods: specifying the roles of ventromedial prefrontal cortex and dorsal anterior cingulate in object choice. J. Neurosci. 26 11379–11386. 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1640-06.2006 [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

Burkett J. P. Young L. J. (2012). The behavioral, anatomical and pharmacological parallels between soc ial attachment, love and addiction. Psychopharmacology 224 1–26. 10.1007/s00213-012-2794-x [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

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publication . Article . 2016

Being in a romantic relationship is associated with reduced gray matter density in striatum and increased subjective happiness

Hiroaki Kawamichi; Hiroaki Kawamichi; Hiroaki Kawamichi; Sho K Sugawara; Yuki H Hamano; Yuki H Hamano; Kai Makita; Masahiro Matsunaga; Hiroki C Tanabe; Yuichi Ogino; ...