Feeling Loved

as reported in Monitor on Psychology Jan 2015 p. 22 from Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, online Oct. 17
Seeing pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain’s response to threat, according to a study led by University of Exeter psychologists. They used fMRI to study brain activity in 42 healthy adults who had viewed pictures of people receiving emotional support and affection. The researchers found that after subjects looked at the photos, their brain’s threat monitor, the amygdala, surprisingly did not respond to a second set of images showing threatening facial expressions or words.