It’s February again and love is in the air! BUT! Is there a love center in the brain?
For now, the verdict appears to be ‘no’. With that said, there are brain chemicals that affect emotional connection. One of these (please see the previous article ‘Why does cuddling with a pet feel nice’) is oxytocin. In fact, researchers think that oxytocin is the brain’s main ‘bonding’ chemical. This can be between friends, family members, and yes, members of a romantic couple.
Nevertheless, how oxytocin works to produce the emotion of love remains an ongoing question. Neuroscientists think that it may affect a brain area called the ventro-medial prefrontal cortex. But there are most likely other brain regions that also play a part.
What we can be certain of is that love in any form makes us feel good inside and is complicated!