Some very interesting things happen when you fall in love-or even lust. The sweaty palms, the queasy stomach. Anthony explains what’s going on physiologically to make these pesky reactions happen.
Lust, Attraction, and Attachment In Mammalian Reproduction
“During the evolution of the genus Homo, these emotion systems became increasingly independent of one another, a phenomenon that contributes to human mating flexibility and the wide range of contemporary human matin and reproductive strategies.”
Arousal and attraction: Evidence for automatic and controlled processes.
“A meta-analysis, a review, and an experiment investigated the effect of arousal on attraction. The meta-analysis examined experiments that manipulated arousal level. Results indicated that arousal affects attraction even when the arousal source is relatively unambiguous.”
The Butterfly Effect: Does Having Butterflies in Your Stomach Equal Love?
“You know that feeling when you are out with a potential love interest and your stomach is doing flip-flops and your heart just will not stop racing? This is the Butterfly Effect. No, not the movie with Ashton Kutcher where small changes in the past, even the flapping of a butterfly’s wings, could lead to drastic changes in the future…”
How Love Works
“There are a lot of chemicals racing around your brain and body when you’re in love. Researchers are gradually learning more and more about the roles they play both when we are falling in love and when we’re in long-term relationships.”
Brains Do It: Lust, Attraction, and Attachment
“Did you ever experience the unsettling sense that your sexual desires, romantic longings,and feelings of long-term emotional union were racing down different tracks? And perhaps ask yourself: Which of these is love?”
Biological basis of love
“The theory of a biological basis of love has been explored by such biological sciences as evolutionary psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology and neuroscience. Specific chemical substances such as oxytocin are studied in the context of their roles in producing human experiences and behaviors that are associated with love.”
What Does Dopamine Actually Do?
“Dopamine is a famous chemical. It holds a prized position in the annals of popular science as the “reward” drug. Countless articles refer to the latest studies of foods, sex and exercise as boosting dopamine, and, by implication, pleasure. But is this characterization correct? What does dopamine actually do?”
The Look of Love: Top 5 Physical Signs of Attraction
“When it comes to love (or lust, as the case may be), men and women know what they like when they see it. Ask people to describe their ideal romantic partners, and they might draw a blank or merely offer a vague outline, but that doesn’t matter so much, since they’ll immediately know when they encounter him or her.”
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