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Love on the Brain

When already half of February passed it’s nearly impossible to ignore the ostentatious entry of the month of love as stores fill with heart-shaped boxes, chocolates, and cute animal plushies. While Valentine’s Day focuses on romantic love, love also exists in many of our social, non-romantic relationships: between siblings, parents and children, and friends. But where does this emotion of “love” come from? What biologically allows us to form these complex, deep connections with others who are sometimes very different than we are?sychologists and neurobiologists are especially interested in these questions as they discover the physiological mechanisms behind the strong impulses and feelings associated with love. Current research suggests there are a collection of hormones and neurotransmitters that are intricately involved with feelings of love and the formation of lasting social relationships. In this article, we will focus on two of these love molecules: dopamine and oxytocin.

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