When we are falling in love chemicals associated with the reward circuit flood our brain producing a variety of physical and emotional responses-racing hearts sweaty palms flushed cheeks feelings of passion and anxiety Levels of the stress hormone cortisol increase during the initial phase of romantic love marshaling our bodies to cope with the crisis at hand As cortisol levels rise levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin become depleted Low levels of serotonin precipitate what Schwartz described as the intrusive maddeningly preoccupying thoughts hopes terrors of early love-the obsessive-compulsive behaviors associated with infatuation Being love-struck also releases high levels of dopamine a chemical that gets the reward system going said Olds Dopamine activates the reward circuit helping to make love a pleasurable experience similar to the euphoria associated with use of cocaine or alcohol Scientific evidence for this similarity can be found in many studies including one conducted at the University of California San Francisco and published in 2012 in Science That study reported that male fruit flies that were sexually reiected drank four times as much alcohol as fruit flies that mated with female fruit flies Same reward center said Schwartz different way to get there Other chemicals at work during romantic love are oxytocin and vasopressin hormones that have roles in pregnancy nursing and mother-infant attachment Released during sex and heightened by skin-to-skin contact oxytocin deepens feelings of attachment and makes couples feel closer to one another after having sex Oxytocin known also as the love hormone provokes feelings of contentment calmness and me irl Meme

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