Study of the neuroimaging of love reveals the process of falling in love

Professor Stephanie Ortigue, who is an assistant professor of psychology and an adjunct professor of neurology at the US Syracuse University, conducted the mind-boggling study ‘The Neuroimaging of Love’. The study revealed the very process of falling in love which only takes about a fifth of a second (!), not only affects intellectual areas of the brain but brings about the same euphoric feeling as using cocaine (I think most of us knew that).

Results revealed that when a person falls in love, 12 areas of the brain work in tandem to release euphoria-inducing chemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopression. The love feeling also affects sophisticated cognitive functions, such as mental representation, metaphors and body image. The findings beg the question “Does the heart fall in love, or the brain?”


I had a look what Osho has to say on this subject. In an answer to a question about his vision of the new man, he not only speaks of heart and brain but necessarily also about the being:

“Man is not only head and heart. There is something more than both in him – his being.

So you have to understand three things: the head, the heart and the being.

I have said religion is of the heart, because religion is the bridge between head and being. The head cannot jump to the being directly unless it goes through the heart.

Science is confined to the head, reason, logic. The heart is confined to feelings, emotions, sensitivities. But the being is beyond both. It is pure silence – no thinking, no feeling. And only the man who knows his being is authentically religious. The heart is only a stopover.

“…I would like all the scientists to listen to the heart. That will change the very character of science. It won’t be in the service of death, it won’t create more and more destructive weapons. It will be in the service of life. It will create better roses, more fragrant roses; it will create better plants, better animals, better birds, better human beings.

But the ultimate goal is to move from feeling to being. And if a scientist is capable of using his head as far as the objective world is concerned, using his heart as far as the interpersonal world is concerned, and using his being as far as existence itself is concerned, then he is a perfect man.

My vision of the new man is of a perfect man: perfect in the sense that all his three dimensions are functioning without contradicting each other, but on the contrary, complementing each other.”

Osho, From Death to Deathlessness, Ch 15, Q 2

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Read the entire part of Osho’s discourse: Osho on Head, Heart, Being

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