Scientific proof that love hurts

March 29, 2011 2:17:38 PM PDT
Love really does hurt. According to a new study, the pain of rejection and physical pain may hurt in the same way.

Researchers at the University of Michigan recruited 40 people who experienced a breakup within the last six months.

Each participant revealed that thinking about their breakup made them feel rejected.

By analyzing their brain activity, researchers found looking at a photo of an ex caused the same physical pain similar to holding a hot cup of coffee.

The findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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