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Heartbreak: Why does it hurt so bad?

Heartbreak: Why does it hurt so bad?

Update: 2019-10-039


We’ve all been dumped, but some of us have felt physically sick from a heartbreak -- sometimes really sick. Neuroscientist Prof. Lucy Brown explains how pangs from a heartache might not just be in our heads.

Check out the full transcript here:

Selected references: Lucy’s FMRI study of the rejected in-love college students: The social/physical pain overlap in the brain: psychological stress affects the immune system:

Credits: This episode was produced by Michelle Dang, with help from Wendy Zukerman, Rose Rimler, Meryl Horn and Lexi Krupp. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Caitlin Kenney and Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Diane Kelly. Mix and sound design by Peter Leonard. Music written by Peter Leonard, Emma Munger, and Bobby Lord. A huge thanks to all the scientists we got in touch with for this episode, including Professor Larry Young, Professor Tiffany Field, Professor Ethan Kross, Professor Sandra Langeslag, and Professor Naomi Eisenberger. A special thanks to the Zukerman family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.

Comments (1)

Sue Renee Woods

The CTE episode feels slightly disingenuous. why are we saying suicide is the worst outcome of the disease, and ONLY focusing on that? at the top of the episode it's mentioned that CTE sufferers have extreme mood swings and problem controlling their anger. why aren't we focusing at all on potential domestic abuse as a result of CTE? It's just as bad if not worse.

Oct 11th








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Heartbreak: Why does it hurt so bad?

Heartbreak: Why does it hurt so bad?