Falling in Love Only Takes One-Fifth of a Second
Love Is Complex
Results from Ortigue’s team revealed when a person falls in love, 12 different areas of the brain work in tandem! These areas release euphoria-inducing chemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopression. It turns out that “falling in love” is a bit of a chemical cocktail…
The love feeling also affects sophisticated cognitive functions, such as mental representation, metaphors and body image.
Different Kinds of Love
The study also shows different parts of the brain fall for love. For example, unconditional love, such as the love between a mother and a child, is sparked by the common and different brain areas, including the middle of the brain. Passionate love is sparked by the reward part of the brain, and also associative cognitive brain areas that have higher-order cognitive functions, such as body image.
So “love” is the same on the inside for everyone…
Apparently, the answer to the question, “What falls in love? The heart or the brain?” is not easy to answer.