The Science of Falling In Love

Beyond the love songs, romantic poems, passionate novels and sappy movies,  love is the result of complex processes in the body. Here is a breakdown of love’s biology and the ways humans experience romance with each other.

Where Does The Brain Love?

These are few parts of the brain that help people experience affection

  • Pituitary Gland
    Regulates hormones and secretes them into into the body
  • Hypothalamus
    Produces dopamine, oxytocin and vasopressin, all of which are necessary in the process of falling in love
  • Amygdala
    Moderates fear and stress

These other three parts of the brain Hippoccampus, media insula and anterior cingulate help regulate feelings of reward. They are also responsible for the development of love.

Hot Spots

Erogenous zones are parts of the body that are particularly responsive to stimulation, resulting often in excitement. These are popular hot spots on men and women

  • Eyelids
  • lips scalp
  • Forehead
  • Neck Ears
  • ABS
  • Back of the knees
  • Feet

Falling In love Step By Step

1. The hypothalamus releases dopamine into the body, causing feelings of ecstasy and excitement

2. As dopamine levels increase, serotonin level decrease.

  • Serotonin is responsible for a person’s mood and appetite, among other things.
  • The lower level of serotonin are similar to levels found in people with obsessive compulsive disorders.
  • This may result in feelings of obsession or infatuation.

3. Along with dopamine, the body also produces a substance called nerve growth factor (NGF).

  • NGF is more prevalent in people who are newly in love .
  • People who are not in love or are in long-term relationships have lower levels of NGF than recent lovers.
  • The amount of NGF in the body directly relates to the intensity of romantic feelings.

4. Oxytocin and vasopressin are responsible for feelings of connection and commitment

  • The hypothalamus produces these two hormones
  • They are then stored in the pituitary gland, which secrets hormones into the body.
  • In times of extreme passion – such as during orgasm – these hormones enter the bloodstream.
  • The presence of the two chemicals is often attributed in part to the success of long -term relationships.

5. These Hormones affect different parts of the brain. Because of these sections’ nearness, certain responses occur:

  • Activities increases in the romantic core of the brain then
  • The amygdala deactivates,
  • A person’s standards for judging others grow blurry then
  • The person in love feels stress and fear.
  • The result is an overall feeling of unity between people in love.

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