Falling In Love Gets You High
Fascinating new information about the science of love! Apparently, the feeling of falling in love is similar to the “euphoria” of taking cocaine, not that I know anything about that. According to a Syracuse University study, when a person “falls in love,” 12 parts of the brain work together to release crazy amounts of dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopression, which, uh, I guess also happens when you’re channeling Tony Montana and snorting a mountain of coke. And it happens quick — that perfect cocktail of chemicals release in only about a fifth of a second. So, does that mean the brain falls in love, not the heart? Not entirely.
“The heart is also related because the complex concept of love is formed by both bottom-up and top-down processes from the brain to the heart and vice versa,” says researcher Stephanie Ortigue. “For instance, activation in some parts of the brain can generate stimulations to the heart, butterflies in the stomach. Some symptoms we sometimes feel as a manifestation of the heart may sometimes be coming from the brain.”
Having a scientific understanding of love could make it easier for psychiatrists to help patients who are suffering from depression when love doesn’t work out. Still, is anyone else concerned that the dissemination of this information could turn a whole mess of lovesick fools into cokeheads? [Science Daily]