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The Chemistry of: Love
Transcript of The Chemistry of: Love
Stage 2: Attraction
This is the "Love struck" phase neurotransmitters called "monoamines" release Dopamine, Norepinephrine, and serotonin.
Enhanced by Dopamine
present in both sexes
presented in the first stage of love
How does the Chemistry in Love Work?
The Chemistry in Love Consists of many chemicals. Sweaty hands and butterflies in your stomach all are because of these.
Stages of Love
Stage 3: Attachment
This is the longest phase
There are 2 very important hormones released in this phase
Oxytocin and Vasopressin
helps control the brain's reward and pleasure centers
also activated by cocaine and nicotine
Can also drive addiction
released when our brain should take strong note of things
Stage 1: Lust
This is driven by the hormones hormones testosterone and oestrogen.
Dopamine is created in the brain and adrenal glands enhance the release of testerone.
what makes our heart race and makes us sweat
Works with Dopamine
Increases heart rate and blood pressure
brings nervous system into "high alert"
prevalent in the sympathetic nervous system
by: Chelsey Yarofalmeg
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the chemicals which allow the transmission of signals from one neuron to the next across synapses
synapse- the structure that permits a neuron or nerve cell to pass an electrical or chemical signal
Main love hormone
Oxytocin levels go up when you touch someone
peptide (a compound consisting of 2 or more amino acids)
Helps regulate mood, appetite, sleep cycle, etc.
Responsible for peace and calm
Lowers in the second phase of love
Because of the drastic fall in serotonin, anxiety is heightened
Known as the "Love Drug"
gives us a sense of well being and contentment
Also know as the body's natural painkillers
responsible for our feelings of pleasure
helps with coping pain
controls body water
believed to work with Oxytocin, interfering with dopamine and neropinephrine pathways, which explains how passionate love fades as attachment grows.
present in both sexes
primary female sex hormone