Passion for football is similar to love between people
The passion for football is capable of provoking feelings, sometimes irrational , which go beyond the boundary between romantic love and fanaticism. A group of researchers from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, found that the passion aroused by the sport is similar to the feeling of a person who lives a romantic love.
After three years of research, scientists Catarina Duarte, Miguel Castelo Branco and Ricardo Cayolla, have come to the conclusion that the brain circuits that are activated in soccer fans are the same as in people in love.
According to researcher Miguel Castelo Branco, witness situations of positive emotions, such as a goal, a good play or a good result, activates similar regions of the brain - the frontal cortex - where dopamine is released, giving a sense of reward. "The study, published in SCAN, one of the most prestigious journals of neuroscience, analyzed 54 men and two women, between 21 and 60 years, being the majority of Porto and Academic fans. "We have been able to prove that the neuronal systems that are activated are very similar to those of romantic love," Miguel told Efe.
In addition, the researchers found that the brain-regulating amygdala is activated more often in fans "Passion tends to prevail over the most negative content, such as defeat against a rival, since less desirable experiences tend to be suppressed from emotional memory "The researchers will hold a new study over the next two years on people who practice what is called trivial love in a group. This time, the degree of passion will be measured, to see how this form of love competes with the romantic.
"We will send football fans to dilemmas where, for example, they have to choose between going to football matches or go with her boyfriend or girlfriend to see a movie in the movies, "said the researcher.
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