Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2015)
The Science of Animal Magnetism and Love
Author(s): Roopesh Dhara
Abstract: Excruciating romantic feelings stimulate concrete regions of the brain containing high amount of dopamine and norepinephrine, the chemical agents convoluted in producing joy, craving, addiction, increased attention and sleeplessness. They have also been associated with intense perceptive changes. The heights of happiness and the depths of desolation doters experience resembling the mood swings of bipolar disorder believed to be linked to sudden upswings in the presence of these two neurotransmitters. Likewise, our phrenic preoccupation with the beloved resembles the intrusive cerebrating characteristic of an obsessive-compulsive disorder marked by an increment in dopamine levels and an accompanying decrease in serotonin. Undoubtedly there is abundant reason from the evolutionary perspective for these correspondences.