Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
According to an article by spiritualityhealth.com, jealousy appears throughout our lives and nobody, unfortunately, is immune to the sickening feeling it causes. Whether jealousy finds itself in our friendships or in our romantic relationships, it causes feelings of hurt we sometimes wish we could live without.
Recently, however, researchers have been very interested in finding the origin of this powerful emotion. To do so, researchers turned to our not so distant relatives, titi monkeys. Like humans, these monkeys show that they can create strong emotional bonds with their fellows. After some time, researchers created situations that would cause jealousy to arise in the paired off monkeys and brain scans were performed.
Researchers were able to see heightened activity in both the cingulate cortex and lateral septum of the research subjects. The lateral septum is associated with pair formation and the cingulate cortex is activated when social rejection occurs. The hormone testosterone spiked in monkeys who were displaying jealousy along with stress hormone cortisol. With this and previous research, scientist conclude that strong bonds in these pairs are closely linked to areas of the brain that deal with social memory and reward.
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