“When you fall in love, your body releases a cascade of chemical euphoria, which trigger specific reactions,” explains Dr. Patricia Mumby of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience of the University. “This inner erotic ‘elixir’ is responsible for the pinkish color in our cheeks, the sweat on our palms and the beat of our hearts,” adds the expert.
The celebration of love
The levels of chemicals such as dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine are responsible for the strong heartbeat and the sweet anxiety that accompanies the experience of love.
According to the experts, MRIs show that sex ‘lightens’ the pleasure centers of the brain. The same brain regions – in which in the case of love-struck there is an increased blood flow – are associated with obsessive compulsive behaviors.
“Love lowers serotonin levels, which is observed in persons with obsessive-compulsive behaviors,” says Dr. Mary Lynn of the Loyola University. “This could explain why we are … read more