Lifewatch: Rejection

WILMINGTON -- Falling in love is one of the most powerful feelings humans experience, but so is getting dumped.

When you first fall in love, the primitive parts of the brain are activated.

Love is a survival drive similar to how we crave food and water.  Your beloved is your reward, and your brain makes them a part of you.

"When we lose the other person it can be like losing an arm," said Dr. Lucy Brown, a neurology professor at Albert Einstein College in New York.

Dr. Brown's team first studied love by using functional MRI scans.  Now, they're studying rejection.

"These people that went into the scanner, in the saddest of states, and some of them even cried. There were tears, the pillow was wet," said Dr. Brown.

They were asked to look at a picture of their loved one and think about their relationship.

"There was activation in almost everyone in a part of the brain we know is involved in learning," said Dr. Brown.

This might mean our brain is trying to get ready for our next relationship.

"It's an active process, it's not like depression.  It's not like just doing nothing about it.  Thinking about the relationship, going over specific events may be a healing process indeed," said Dr. Brown.

Reported by Kristy Ondo