Love literally changes the brain that way
Several studies have confirmed that love can literally change the brain. But what exactly happens in our mind when we fall in love?
A 2015 study focused on the neurological processes set in motion by love and captured the major changes that occur in our brains during the fall in love.
The researchers used resting functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI) images to measure functional attachment (HR) in participants' brains, with one pair claiming to be in love and happy and the other saddened by a recent split.
The results of the study were shocking. In the parts of the brain related to reward, motivation and emotion regulation, a much greater functionality was found in the group of people in love. Functionality in these parts of the brain was lower in those who had recently parted ways with their partner.
When we are in love, our brain releases sensitivity neurotransmitters that improve our mood. The heart rate rises, as do the levels of oxytocin (the so-called "love hormone"), adrenaline and noradrenaline, which makes us lose track of when we are with the person we love.
At the same time, levels of serotonin (the hormone that regulates appetite and anxious thoughts) decrease. So when we are in love, "we may find ourselves eating irregularly or obsessively thinking about the small details, worrying about sending the 'perfect message' or 'saying the perfect words' to the person that we want, "said neuroscientist Stephanie Ortigue.
"When we begin to feel a deep sense of calm and fulfillment with our partner, the areas of the brain that regulate not only basic emotions but also the most complex cognitive functions are activated," Ortigue continued. "It can lead to some positive results, such as pain relief, greater compassion, better memory and greater creativity. "Romantic love seems like a superpower that makes the brain thrive."