The feeling of being in love can affect the human brain in different ways you never expect. Loving a person or a thing dearly fills the brains with chemicals and hormones that produce feelings of attachment, obsession and pleasure.
Inspired by Live Science, here are 5 things being in love does to your brain
1.Love makes the brain get a little ‘OCD’
According to LiveScience, the level of the brain chemical serotonin is lowered by love. This drop is the cause of obsessive-compulsive disorders which explains why people in love show so much concentration on the object of their affection and causes them to be blind to their partner’s faults and focus on their good qualities.
2. Love works on the brain like a drug
The part of the brain responsible for the feelings of attraction is also the same part that responds to pain killers such as morphine.
3. Hormones are out of control
According to LiveScience, lust, attraction and attachment are the three phases neuroscientists have divided love into. Hormones fill the body with intense desire, the heart race and palm sweat due to adrenaline and norepinephrine, the feeling of euphoria is created by dopamine which is what the brain releases during pleasure of any kind.
4. Love makes the hormones create attachment
The hormones oxytocin and vasopressin are responsible for the feelings of being secured with a person.
5. Love makes the blood pump faster
When lovers are focused on each other during the attraction phase, the rush of blood flow is usually faster which then moves to the brain’s pleasure center, the the nucleus accumbens. According to LiveScience, from MRI scans it can be seen this region of the brain lights up when people are in love.