Story posted November 18, 2008
In the article, "Proof's in the Brain Scan: Romance Doesn't Have to Fade," Thompson responds to a study presented last weekend at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C.
The study finds new brain scans of people who say they are still in love after being married for decades are similar to scans of those who have just fallen in love, leading researchers to conclude that long-term relationships can be just as passionate and romantic as new love.
"A lot of other research always suggested romantic love is over by 12 to 15 months," says Thompson, who was not involved in the study. "This suggests that may not have to be the case."