An normal and important part of a healthy brain includes being in love. But what does being in love do to our brains. Probably many things as we all have felt. But new research indicates that being in love can deactivate certain judgemental parts of our brains when we are looking at our loved one. Physorg had a nice write up that I thought summed up the paper:
The studies also showed that there is extensive de-activation of large parts of the cerebral cortex when lovers – whether heterosexual or homosexual or whether female or male – view pictures of their romantic partners. The de-activated areas involve parts of the temporal, parietal and frontal cortex and include cortical areas thought to be critical in judgment. This may account for why we are often less judgmental about our lovers and lends credence to the old adage “love is blind”.