Let me stop you there Ben, as love is not a feeling, it is an addiction caused by the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Kennard, this maybe really forward of me but i feel like I'm in love with you!
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved with the reward system which makes something addictive such as drugs. It affects the area of the brain responsible for voluntary movement and creates that buzz feeling when you enjoy something.
Dopamine? What is dopamine and how am I addicted to love?
Well in 2003 a man called Fisher theorised that romantic love is not an emotion, but rather a motivation system. Fisher's study was to investigate the neutral mechanisms associated with the attraction system.
How do you know that it is definitely dopamine and not a feeling of love?
There was ten females and seven male participants aged from 18-26 who reported that they were in love for roughly 7.5 months. They had to fill out a questionnaire before being shown a picture of their loved one for 30 seconds and then tested the effects
The researchers found that activity was found in the brains reward system when be shown the photo. The results supported the hypothesis that 'romantic love is an addiction.' They also found that the more passionate they were, the more active the brain's reward circuitry was. All suggesting that love is not an emotion but a motivation.
Woah that is so interesting, fisher was really smart!
I don't know whether I love you or this rollercoaster is giving me the buzz feeling???
I guess we will find out on our next date... aghhhhhh!!!1