• Question: the feeling that we experience and call love, what part of the brain moderates that specific feeling because even though hippocallumus is asocciated wth memory i have read that it apparently can be associated with emotions as well?

    Asked by kamile to Tom, Meeks on 22 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Marieke Navin answered on 22 Jun 2010:

      Another one for Tom!

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      Tom Hartley answered on 22 Jun 2010:

      There have been some studies of this, but I think that the word “love” is not very easy to define, so it’s hard to design a good experiment. Ideally you would compare “love” and “like”, with everything else being kept the same -not easy! I also think it unlikely that any definition of love would be associated with a static pattern of activity, loving someone is a big changing mixture of memory, plans, seeing, thinking, feeling. Memory and the hippocampus might be involved, but we also see patients with dense amnesia (caused by hippocampal damage) who still remember their loved ones with affection, even though they can’t form new memories.