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If you’ve ever been a newlywed, you know the tingly euphoria of saying “I do” and starting a life with your spouse. This is romantic love, Western style. We often chalk it up to “chemistry,” an ill-defined connection of hearts and minds. Groundbreaking research at UC Santa Barbara finds we were closer than we knew.

For the first time, researchers have explored the neural and to romantic in newlyweds. By using imaging (fMRI) and of 19 first-time newlyweds, Bianca Acevedo and her collaborators showed that “romantic love maintenance