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New Study Shows That Looking At Art Gives Same Pleasure As Being In Love (VIDEO)

First Posted: 05/18/11 05:40 AM ET   Updated: 07/17/11 06:12 AM ET

There is a reason why art has served as a means of soulful self-expression for centuries upon centuries. All forms of art, from painting to dancing to music, are very personal and emotional experiences -- both for the artists and the viewers. While it is a common experience to fall in love with a certain artwork, scientists now have evidence that shows the brain reacts similarly when viewing artwork and when falling in love. New research by Semir Zeki, Professor of Neuroesthetics at University College London demonstrates that viewing a beautiful work of art creates the same chemical response as love. Both experiences trigger the feel-good chemical dopamine. So if you're missing that special someone, perhaps partake in a daily dose of art inspiration. Check out the video below for a more in-depth look at the Zeki's findings.


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