The Brain Only Needs One Fifth of a Second to Fall in Love


love at first sightAlthough many say that love grows in the heart, the process actually occurs more in the brain. What is more surprising is that  love at first sight can really happen because the brain responds very quickly.

Not just fast because it occurs within only 0.2 seconds, the presence of feelings of love also involves a very complex process. At least there are 12 areas in the brain involved in the release of various emotions of love hormones such as dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopresi.

The role of each part of the brain are different depending on the shape of love experienced by a person. For example, the unconditional love like a mother to her children, the midbrain holds the biggest role.

A more complex role dominance occurs precisely at the passionate love . In this kind of feeling, there are some parts of the brain which tends to be more active in the reward system which is a pleasure center and cognitive part for imaging the body.

Feelings of love are also marked by rising levels of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) in the blood. These are chemical compounds has a sharp increase when a person is fascinated by their partner which proves that the phenomenon of ‘love at first sight’ really exists.

“Any reaction that occurs in the heart actually comes from the brain. Therefore I would say love it is formed in the brain, not in the heart,” said Stephanie Ortigue, a professor from Syracuse University in New York, according to ScienceDaily.

Prof. Ortigue examined brain reaction when they fall in love and published the results in the Journal of Sexual Medicine recently. He hopes his findings could be useful in dealing with emotional disorders and depression in people who rarely knows what it’s like to fall in love.