Brain activity of a heartbroken person is similar to that of a cocaine addict going through withdrawal.
Anyone who’s gone through a rough breakup knows just how painful the whole process can be. There’s a scientific reason why it hurts so much when someone dumps you — heartbreak has physiological effects on our bodies and minds.
Based on various studies, here are 6 things that occur in the brain and body post-break up that explain the painful science behind heartbreak.
1. Activity in the brain region that registers physical pain increases
Scientists have used functional MRI scanning on people who were recently dumped in order to see what goes on in the brain. One study showed that heartbroken study volunteers had higher than normal activity in the region of the brain that registers physical pain, called the anterior cingulate cortex.