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How does love affect the brain?

How does love affect the brain?

"Love is not seen with the eyes, but with the mind."

This is one of the phrases of Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," but it seems that from a scientific point of view it has something of truth.

The brain in love.

Being in love floods the brain with chemicals and hormones that produce feelings of pleasure, obsession, and attachment.

In humans, there are four small areas of the brain that, according to some researchers, form a "Circuit of love". They are the ventral tegmental area, the nucleus accumbens, the ventral nucleus pallidus, and the nucleus of the raphe

The most important organ in love is the brain, not the heart.

What happens in our brain when we feel butterflies in the stomach?

The key seems to be in the ventral tegmental area. When the brains of people recently in love were scanned, while they were shown photos of their loved one, the ventral tegmental area lit up. The same in those people who were still in love after 20 years of relationship.

He ventral tegmental area is a key part of reward system of the brain. This part of the brain is activated because you are trying to win the greatest prize in a person's life: a partner.

In this area are cells that produce dopamine, which is sent to different regions of the brain. Dopamine is associated with energy, focus, motivation, ecstasy, craving, and addiction.

Love is addictive.

Did you know that love acts chemically in the brain like a drug addiction?

Dopamine is the same substance that is released when a person takes cocaine, so it is not surprising that there is research that suggests that for the brain, a bad break is like going through a detox from a drug addiction.

The scientists studied the brains of people who have just broken up and observed an increase in normal activity of the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain that is strongly associated with addiction.

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