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Medical The science of romance

  1. Feb 15, 2009 #1


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    Brains have a love circuit
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090211/ap_on_sc/sci_love_science [Broken]

    Figures that this subject would be a topic on Valentine's Day, but it is interesting.
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    From the article:
    I've noticed that people getting divorced generally exhibit a behavior one might call "withdrawl". There seems to be a strong, physical reaction to the circumstances surrounding a breakup. These physical reactions include nausea and a general feeling of illness, lack of appetite, a desire to have that person back (analagous to a craving), and even physical affects such as diarhea.

    So could it be there is a sort of chemical dependency - for a chemical produced by the body itself perhaps? The only problem I see with this is that chemical dependancy or addiction is generally something that requires regular doses (ie: intake) of some chemical compound, for example heroine or alchohol. But then again, things like gambling, shopping and other past times also seem to be 'addictive'. I wonder how the body becomes addicted to such things as love, gambling or shopping when there is no intake of a chemical. Is there a chemical produced by the body which stops being produced when certain interactions with our environment are interupted? Or perhaps there is a chemical produced when those things are taken away?
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    I believe the chemical is dopamine, which provides pleasurable stimulation.

    http://www.utexas.edu/research/asrec/dopamine.html [Broken]
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  5. Feb 25, 2009 #4
    During a few serious breakups I've been through I definately have a period where I feel nauseous and lose my appetite. Perhaps a serious breakup is similiar to drug rehab. I suppose being with that special person constantly pumps dopamine into your body. When that person is gone then the dopamine is gone (or atleast much less prevalent).

    I was semi addicted to gambling last winter (although I was winning) and I would get a huge rush from playing. So I'm sure body chemicals were involved.
  6. Feb 26, 2009 #5
    From the link posted by Astronuc:

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