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DEFINING THE BASIS OF

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

"neurological basis of

Love At First Sight"

“How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?”
–Albert Einstein



February is Cupid’s month, and what better time to explore some of the findings about love, sex and romance that neuroscience and psychology have uncovered over the last few years.


Einstein was correct – science will never clinically sterilize the wonderment of love (first or otherwise). But I think he’d also agree that it’s a mistake to confuse increased understanding with diminished meaning. No matter what we learn about love, it will continue to be one of the most meaningful and powerful forces on the planet, as it should be. With that disclaimer, let’s jump in.



LOVE IS ADDICTIVE:


Thinking about one’s beloved—particularly in new relationships—triggers activity in the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) of the brain, which releases a flood of the neurotransmitter dopamine (the so-called “pleasure chemical”) into the brain’s reward (or pleasure ) centers, the caudate nucleus and nucleus accumbens. This gives the lover a high not unlike the effect of narcotics, and it’s mighty addictive.


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