People are always in search of love and often seek sacrifice to maintain that feeling. Here it seems like one step from ecstasy to despair. It’s interesting what happens to us when someone loves us – the British The Guardian tried to find out.
Role Play of Hormones in Love: Research Review
American scholars refer to the attachment that accompanies love as “somebody who lives in ours.” Researchers at one of the New York universities placed a girlfriend of up to 35 years in a magnetic resonance scanner as part of a groundbreaking experiment. Research has shown that love activates a part of the brain that is rich in dopamine, which in turn promotes “happiness” in the brain. It is this core of the mind that is responsible for human desires, motivation, concentration, and passion. Interestingly, it is here that the euphoric mood arises that one gets cocaine.
The emotional excitement typical of the early stages of love (which may be a stress for some people) increases the level of cortisol, the same stress hormone in the body. This causes a heart rate increase, a feeling of “butterflies” in the abdomen, and an unwanted numbness in hand. Other chemicals also play a role in this game. It is oxytocin, which increases attachment, and vasopressin, which is associated with confidence, empathy, and sexual monogamy.
Is this a complete blur of the mind and the heart has nothing to do with it?
Scientists have found that the brain and heart are in close contact. The novelty for anyone is that when a person sees the object of his love, his heartbeat goes away. But not too long ago, scientists have upheld previously held opinions, saying that the heart’s feedback to the brain also affects what one feels.
According to a study by British scientists, cardiovascular excitement, which involves overworking the heart, can exacerbate fear and alarm. In this experiment, people were asked to view neutral and frightening photos, while specialists were monitoring their heart rate. Scientists found that the experimenters responded faster to dangerous images, their hearts were contracted, and blood flow was more intense. In the case of neutral photos, the spirit remained calm. The authors of the study suggest that the electronic signals from the bloodstream that circulate the heart return to the brain, process emotionally, and act on how severe a person’s thoughts are.
Why love Provoke Unusual Behaviour?
Shakespeare wrote that love is madness, but scientists have only recently come up with an explanation for why love can provoke unusual behavior.
A study at the University of Turin showed that the brains and blood of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder contain less serotonin. Scientists have suggested that the cause of such an imbalance may be romantic passion. The experiment involved individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder, on the one hand, and those who had an ongoing love affair for the past six months. As a prerequisite for the experiment, it was stated that the lovers would not have sex with their partner and would spend at least 4 hours a day discussing their relationship. Serotonin levels were deficient in both groups, and the authors concluded that “in fact, love causes a condition that is not normal.”
Research by the second group of scientists has shown that when people think of their partner as a lover, the part of their brain that is responsible for rationalism and analytical thinking is markedly less active.
It should be noted that a 2012 study showed that the part of the brain that controls love is not much different from home and heterosexuals.
Betrayal Rate Among Men and Women: Research Review
Where there is love, there is also infidelity sometimes and not so rarely. According to a recent Northwestern University studying Chicago, men are more prone to cheating than women. 40% of male and 26% of female respondents reported having a parallel relationship during marriage. Interesting statistics are also available by age category. 48% of men over the age of 80 say they have betrayed their partner; In the same age category, this figure is only 12% in women.
Based on recent research, scientists say that in some cases, infidelity is genetic. According to one study, in which nearly 8400 Finnish twins were tested, vasopressin genes were found in Dedmamishvili’s children, leading them to betrayal. Other research by American scientists has shown that certain types of dopamine genes are prone to infidelity and to systematic cheating.