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Heartbreak pain is like physical pain to the brain


Landowski, LM, Heartbreak pain is like physical pain to the brain, ABC Radio National with Robyn Williams, 30 Nov 2019 (2019) [Media Interview]


The brain registers heartbreak in the same way it registers pain from a physical injury. When people recall the rejection of an ex-partner, the same regions of the brain which become active in response to painful sensations are also activated during those intensely emotional recollections. So would painkillers be effective? Some studies suggest yes! But donít go binging on paracetamol! It wonít please your liver. Lila Landowski is a neuroscientist at the University of Tasmania. Here she outlines how the brain responds to love and rejection, and how the brain needs to cope with hormone changes at times of high emotional trauma.

Item Details

Item Type:Media Interview
Keywords:love, brain, oxytocin
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Biochemistry and cell biology
Research Field:Cell neurochemistry
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Landowski, LM (Dr Lila Landowski)
ID Code:144820
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2021-06-15
Last Modified:2021-06-15

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