Washington Post reporter Hannah Jewel, accompanied by colleague Anna Rothschild, traveled to Indiana University to find out what would happen if she underwent an MRI while watching clips of Arie Luyendyk Jr. (watch the video). "My head never feels more empty than at the end of an episode," she explains. "Is this because the show sends me into a state of deep, meditative relaxation? Or does each rose ceremony carry off a dozen of my brain cells, never to return? I recently set out to answer this question by having a brain scan while watching clips of The Bachelor. Functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, uses a powerful magnetic force to track the passage of blood on its merry quest around the human brain. By seeing what parts of the brain are awash in iron-rich oxygenated blood, you can see what regions are more active than others."
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