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Title: Neural representations of the committed romantic partner in the nucleus accumbens
Authors: Ueda, Ryuhei  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Abe, Nobuhito  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Author's alias: 上田, 竜平
阿部, 修士
Keywords: functional MRI
romantic love
social cognition
Issue Date: Dec-2021
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Journal title: Psychological Science
Volume: 32
Issue: 12
Start page: 1884
End page: 1895
Abstract: Having an intimate romantic relationship is an important aspect of life. Dopamine-rich reward regions, including the nucleus accumbens (NAcc), have been identified as neural correlates for both emotional bonding with the partner and interest in unfamiliar attractive nonpartners. Here, we aimed to disentangle the overlapping functions of the NAcc using multivoxel pattern analysis, which can decode the cognitive processes encoded in particular neural activity. During functional MRI scanning, 46 romantically involved men performed the social-incentive-delay task, in which a successful response resulted in the presentation of a dynamic and positive facial expression from their partner and unfamiliar women. Multivoxel pattern analysis revealed that the spatial patterns of NAcc activity could successfully discriminate between romantic partners and unfamiliar women during the period in which participants anticipated the target presentation. We speculate that neural activity patterns within the NAcc represent the relationship partner, which might be a key neural mechanism for committed romantic relationships.
Rights: Ryuhei Ueda; Nobuhito Abe, Neural representations of the committed romantic partner in the nucleus accumbens, Psychological Science (Volume: 32 issue: 12) pp. 1884-1895. Copyright © The Author(s) 2021. DOI:
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1177/09567976211021854
PubMed ID: 34822306
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