When it comes to falling in love many of us follow our hearts as opposed to listening to what our brains have to say about choosing a mate. However, the actual act of falling in love with another human being has much more to do with the brain then the ol’ ticker. After all, feeling love, arousal, and attraction for another person is a chemical response initially triggered by the brain.
With Valentine’s Day, the day for lovers, fast approaching, let’s give the brain it’s just desserts (as sinfully delicious as they might be) when it comes to assisting all matters of love…
1. Falling in Love: The Chemical Response
You might have very well felt the sweat on your brow, a tickle in your groin, a warm flush to your face, and a shot through the heart when you first laid eyes on your amour, but that initial “love at first sight” feeling is actually thanks to a chemical response triggered by the brain.
According to psychologists at Atlanta, Georgia’s Emory University School of Medicine, when you first meet eyes with the man or woman of your dreams across a crowded room, the brain emits three essential chemicals—dopamine, oxytocin, opiates, as well as a few others, which make you feel struck by Cupid’s arrow.