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Emotional Biochemistry

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Maya Newsome

on 28 March 2014

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Transcript of Emotional Biochemistry

Most people believe that emotions are directed from the heart, but they are not. They come from the brain. The brain gives off certain chemicals depending on the emotion at the time.
Link between Biochemistry and Emotions
Emotional Biochemistry
Peptides are are compounds that are formed by linking one or more amino acids with a covalent bond. (WiseGeek.com) Peptides form long chains and these chains turn in to protein.

Now, how does this relate to what is being discussed?

Well, when your brain goes through an experience o relives a memory, peptides are released. They are released from the brain's limbic system. The limbic system is responsible for all of your emotions and memory. Along with the pepides,
What are Peptides?
After the peptides have been released, they go to receptors in the brain. There are over one hundred thousand receptors in the brain. These receptors act like a satellite. They receive the message from the peptides and sends the message out to the cells through waves. Then the cells get to work on making the emotion. This could be by making new proteins, cell division, adding or taking away chemicals, like phosphate, or opening/ closing ion channels.
What do The Peptides do?
Cells and Receptors
Neuropeptides (peptides located in the brain) have their specific receptor site. The neuropeptides only bond to their specified receptor site, because they are a perfect fit. The neuropeptide locks on to the receptor site and the information is passed through from the peptide to the receptor this way.
Neuropeptides and Receptors
When someone is STRESSED, epinephrine is released.
EXCITED or ANXIOUS releases adrenaline.
HAPPINESS releases dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin or endorphin.
SADNESS releases serotonin , norepinephrine, and dopamine
Emotions and Their Effects
Spark of Emotions
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