What effects does love have on the brain? You will be very surprised to hear the effects of love on the human brain! Undoubtedly, one of the most important issues throughout human history was ‘love’. The effects of love on the human brain are quite remarkable. During the passionate love period, the hormone that enlarges nerve cells is secreted 2-3 times more than normal. Stating that love rejuvenates the brain, Prof. Dr. Sultan Tarlacı stated that the brain’s decision mechanism works less during the period of drenched love, and drew attention to the accuracy of the saying “When love comes, reason goes” in the field of neuroscience.
ALL IMPORTANT WORKS ARE CREATED IN THE PERIOD OF PASSIONATE LOVE
Every aesthetic production you see when you look at the world; A good architecture, a good painting, a good music, a good poem, a good movie… Underlying the production of anything passionate is dopamine. Dopamine is a neurochemistry substance based on novelty seeking, creativity and pleasure. During the period of passionate love, the human brain has been shown to almost swim in dopamine. That’s why all the important love poems, all the important music are always written during the drenched love period.
LOVE REJUVENATES THE BRAIN
Another well-known thing is that during the passionate love period, the hormone called ‘neuron growth factor’ and which enlarges nerve cells is released from the brain. It decreases with age. It was observed that this neuron growth factor increased 2-3 times higher than normal in the blood of people measured during the love period. So what does this provide? A hormone that allows nerve cells to survive longer, the connection between nerve cells to be more frequent over time, and rejuvenation. When you put nerve cells in an artificial environment and give them this hormone, their structures become even younger. The same happens in the brain. So love rejuvenates the brain.
LOVE REDUCES PAIN SENSITIVITY
During the drenched love period, the release of morphine-like substances in the brain increases. Therefore, the sensitivity to pain decreases. This goes for anything too. When a person is very happy, they feel less pain in their body. But, for example, depressed patients feel a lot of pain. He has a headache, a pain in his neck, a pain in his back, a pain in his back… Therefore, the feelings of pain decrease in the period of drenched love.
HOW LONG DOES LOVE LAST?
After all, love is a feeling that should be welcomed when it comes unexpectedly. But it is always necessary to think that there is a certain period afterward and that there will be a descent period. There is no such thing as ultimate and permanent love. These drenched periods of love have been shown to last 8 to 16-18 months at most in terms of blood chemistry and psychological tests. In very exceptional cases, there are those who have been in passionate love for 20 years, but these are of course very extraordinary people.
LOVE CAN BE VIEWED WITH FUNCTIONAL MR
Until the 1700s, people thought that the heart was the center that ruled the human being. After the 1700s, it was understood that the main center that governs the human being is the brain. In the modern era, the use of functional MRI in many areas since 2003 has aroused the curiosity of some neuroscientists.
“We see what part of the brain works when swallowing, reading a book, watching a movie. I wonder what part of the brain works when a person is looking at the person they love?” ‘ asked Egyptian Scientist Semir Zeki. After being asked this, they surprisingly found that certain parts of the brain glowed brightly when people in love looked at their loved ones, and this is consistent. So when someone is in love, there is no other pattern, and when the other is in love, there is no other pattern. There’s a similar pattern in the glowing areas of the brain during all that drenched love period. A test could be like this; ‘Does my darling really love me passionately?’. It will probably take us half an hour to understand this. Technologically, we have it, so we can do it because it’s a functional MR device.
LOVE SLOWS THE DECISION MECHANISM OF THE BRAIN
All human behavior has a cerebral counterpart. While many parts of the brain shine during the period of drenched love, the frontal region of the brain works less or weakens. What is the result of this? Normally, our forehead brain region allows us to create social norms and rules. It allows us to gain respect from others and to look at the whole and evaluate our situation. The same brain area allows you to signal long before you turn left or right in traffic. This region also comes into play in decision-making processes. The fact that this region works less during the drenched love period causes the decisions taken at that time to be unhealthy and problematic. Therefore, in that intense, passionate period, they say later, “How did I do this, how did I decide this way…” There are regrets or after a while in love … Or “He asked me this, how did I give it to him!” When the soaked love is over, the mind is restored. In fact, it has a neuroscientific counterpart. In the really drenched period of love, when love comes, the mind can go.