London, February 11(ANI): Researchers say brain scans could reveal whether new couples will be together for the long term.
Looking at the patterns in the brain activity of volunteers who had recently fallen in love, scientist found they could predict whether the couples would be together three years later.
The findings showed even if volunteers believed they were in passionately love when their brains were scanned, by examining their neuron activity scientists could detect whether those feelings were strong enough for the relationship to last, the Daily Mail reported.
Volunteers were shown photographs of their partner and were asked to think of memories of them while their brains were scanned.
Where volunteers' brains showed more activity in the caudate tail area - which reacts emotionally to visual beauty - but less in the medial orbitofrontal cortex - the area linked to criticism and judgement - their relationships tended to last.
Surprisingly the pleasure centres of the brain were less active in the brains of couples who stayed together.
Of the 12 participants studied, half of them remained with their partner at the end of the three-year period.
Factors present early in the early stages of romantic love seem to play a major role in the development and longevity of the relationship, said Xiaomeng Xu, the lead author of the study at Brown University in Rhode Island.
"Our data provides preliminary evidence that neural responses in the early stages of romantic love can predict relationship stability and quality up to 40 months later," he added.
Professor Arthur Aron, a social psychologist at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York said the research could have a practical application in helping people having relationship problems. (ANI)