What Happens in the Brain When You Fall in Love?

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What Happens in the Brain When You Fall in Love?
« on: 25/02/2013 13:53:22 »
What Happens in the Brain When We Fall in Love? Is it just chemistry? Or is there something more? What do we know about the biology of love?
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« Reply #1 on: 25/02/2013 13:53:22 »
We answered this question on the show...

We posed this question to Dr Alex Kogan, Cambridge University. Here's what he said!
Alex -   To be honest, weíre still trying to figure that out.  The neuroscience of love is very much in its infancy. 
Weíve had some studies come out that have suggested that when we feel [img float=right]/forum/copies/RTEmagicC_marklythgoecolumn1_Fig1.jpg.jpg[/img]love, thereíll be award and motivation aspects of our brain light up.  We do know that the dopamine system is involved within love.  So, for example, when we show people pictures of their loved ones, the midbrain lights up and thatís part of the reward system.  And dopamine is one of the neurotransmitters that we have in the body, related to a whole host of processes, but itís part of the reward circuit so, feeling good about things when (there's something ever worth) to us. But to be honest, this work is extremely preliminary, still really trying to figure it out, and itís not a surprise. 
Love is one of the most complex states that we could be in.  And so, to figure out what's going on in the brain is extremely difficult.  Is it just neurotransmitters?  Is it something with your body?  Is it something more?  These are still very much open questions that are really exciting to figure out.
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