To be in love can be an entirely different feeling altogether. For some people, the elevation of emotions is what makes them continue loving their significant others.
But what about other bodily changes? Is there any sufficient data to prove that something happens within the body when someone is in love?
The simple and straight forward answer is YES. A person’s brain may be affected in one way or the other when you are in love.
The findings were compiled by a group of neurologists who wanted to study ways loving someone can affect the brain.
Their results might surprise a lot of people. Yet, suffice to say even the emotion of love is not free from certain bodily changes.
Secretion of dopamine
Have you ever encountered the statement, “the Lover’s High?” If you haven’t, then that’s alright. Basically, the Lover’s High is referred to the process of secretion of dopamine in response to being in love.
It is vital to note that dopamine is also released in other cases of pleasure stimulation. Say, someone who uses drugs, will also trigger his/her brain to secrete dopamine. Either way, it makes the person feel relaxed and at an extreme level of comfort.
Long story short, the pleasure you may possibly be receiving when loved is actually because of dopamine.
Increases heart rate
One other thing commonly observed when in love is the acceleration of heartbeat. This is something that a lot of couples would experience when they are with their partners. Not just during any physical contact. The blood flow tends to shoot even during any emotional exchange or in the attraction phase.
The researchers associated with the study tried explaining the phenomena through MRI scans. About 20 couples who had been in a relationship for more than a year were told to undergo some examinations. What the scientists aimed at was to investigate the changes that might be happening in the brain region.
It was revealed that blood flow to the nucleus accumbens or the pleasure centre increases. This is what in turn leads to higher pleasure drive when in love.
Low levels of serotonin
Now, this may come across as something really surprising to you. From what we know so far, lower levels of serotonin are linked with depression and mood disruption. In the majority of the circumstances, people with Major Depressive Disorder will possess lower levels of serotonin. That is true and something that really does happen to a person.
But are you aware of the fact that being in love can also lead to lower levels of serotonin? The feeling that may result is not the same with MDD. It’s not that it leads to chronic depression but in a way it can affect the person’s emotion when he/she is not with his/her partner.
Scientists have also attributed lower levels with the brain being a little OCD. It leads to a greater attachment with the significant other and can have consequences in the non-presence. That may explain why one partner feels disturbed when they are not with the other. Simply put, its because of the way the brain reacts to the change.