WHAT IS LOVE?This is a question that can be answered in many ways though love hasalways been a mystery. Some might say that love is a spiritual thing thatcan not be explained by science.Others may suggest that love is natures amazing way of keeping ourspecies going and can be explained in evolutionary, biological terms."What were seeing here is the biological drive to choose a mate, to focuson one person to the exclusion of all others.“ - Helen Fisher…Here are some of the findings in the scientific research of love…
* 3 S T A G E S O F L OV E * Lust Attraction Attachment
~*~.LUST.~*~ The 1st stage of the brain in loveLust is mostly driven by the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen. This applies to both women and men
-+- ATTRACTION -+- This is the 2nd stage of the brain in love. During this time you feel Adrenaline: Can cause you to completely love struck and cannot seem sweat, your heart to race and your mouth to to think of anything else besides your go dry. lover. Dopamine: People in the early stages of Scientist currently think that there are 3 love have high levels of dopamine. This triggers the rush & the feeling of pleasure. main neurotransmitters that are associated with this stage. These include adrenaline, dopamine and serotonin. Serotonin: May explain why your new This stage of early love changes the way lover keeps entering your thoughts we think and make decisions. uncontrollably.
ATTACHMENTThis is the special bond that keeps a Oxytocin: This hormone iscouple together. typically released in both men and women during an orgasm and is said to strengthen the bond between a couple. This hormone is also released during child birth and makes for a stronger bond between mother & child.Scientist think that there are two main Vasopressin: Important in longchemicals associated with the term commitment and is alsoattachment stage. These include released after sex.oxytocin and vasopressin.
IS LOVE ADDICTIVE?Love also releases a biochemical rush of dopamine, norepinephrineand phenyl ethylamine. This is similar to the chemicals released duringthe use of certain drugs. Just like any other chemicals, you can buildup a tolerance meaning you need more of these chemicals to get thesame rush/feeling.Some neuroscientists suggest that people who jump from relationshipto relationship are addicted to these effects of early love.
PA R T S O F T H E B R A I N T H A T A R E AFFECTED BY THE EMOTION OF LOVE AMYGDALA: Responsible for multiple emotional responses such as love, fear, angerand sexual desire. HIPPOCAMPUS: Part of the limbic system which sends information to theamygdala. PREFRONTAL CORTEX: Used in decision making in response to emotions. Alsoregulates anxiety. HYPOTHALAMUS: Also part of the limbic system which sends information to theamygdala. Regulates emotions such as sexual desire , pleasure & aggression. CINGULATE GYRUS: Acts as a pathway between the thalamus and hippocampus.It plays a role in remembering emotional events. VENTRAL TEGMENTAL AREA: Dopamine pathways are located in this area. Theventral tegmental area is also involved in emotions and love, specifically in how a personperceives pleasure.
V I D E O S O N T H E B R A I N I N L OV EThis is a great video of Helen Fisher; a biologicalanthropologist who seems to be expert on the subject of love.She has wrote many books such as “Anatomy of Love” and“Why We Love”.This is a video called your Brain in Love & Lust.
.BIBLIOGRAPHY. www.youramazingbrain.org/lovesex/sciencelove.htm - Theoriesand research of the brain in love. “Why We Love” by Helen Fisher - Dec 9, 2004 http://www.quantum-self.com/quantum-library/feeling-positive/what-love-does-to-your-brain.html - June24, 2009 by Quantum Publisher
BIBLIOGRAPHY CONTINUED…. http://www.google.com/imghpfor images of love and the brain in love. http://www.livestrong.com/article/77419-parts-human-brain-correspond-emotion/ - for information on parts of the brain affected by love. YouTube.com for videos of the brain on love. Epsco.com -http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=12&hid=21&sid=b8f37198-4d55-4ce9-af27-aabb1f7af301%40sessionmgr4&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=a9h&AN=35995211 - Being Human: Love: Neuroscience reveals all -1/8/2009