so, a friend of mine said something interesting to me the other day. she told me that what happens to your brain when you fall in love is the same thing as what happens to your brain when you’re high on cocaine. i haven’t been able to stop thinking about this phenomenon. so i did a bit of research. turns out it all comes down to one little friend we like to call dopamine.
you know, it’s actually really simple. dopamine is associated with the pleasure centers in the brain. addictions stem from a craving for pleasure.
from this cnn.com article:
Dr. Brown said scientists believe that when you fall in love, the ventral tegmental floods the caudate with dopamine. The caudate then sends signals for more dopamine.
“The more dopamine you get, the more of a high you feel,” Dr. Brown says.
Or as her colleague, Dr. Helen Fisher put it: When you fall in love, “exactly the same system becomes active as when you take cocaine. You can feel intense elation when you’re in love. You can feel intense elation when you’re high on cocaine.”
And from this article:
Prof Fisher said: “Addictions are very powerful, and cocaine addiction is associated with dopamine systems.” She also speculated that the increase in energy people newly in love experience may be due to a flush of dopamine.
and btw, this is a dopamine necklace. i am digging it.