Is Love A Biological Substance?
Is Love A Biological Substance?
“What is Love?” is a track recorded by Trinidadian-GERussian Eurodance artist Haddaway in his first album, The Album. The track was originally released as the lead single from the album during its first single release on 8 May 1993. Just as it reached number one on the UK’s charts, “What is Love?” reached the same spot in the US’s charts shortly thereafter.
For most of us, love is an emotion that signifies unconditional and unselfish commitment to another person. It is also important to note that the true meaning of love involves love that is expressed with total commitment and sincerity. Love, when expressed this way, can be perceived as a powerful feeling of connectedness and bonding. Although love may involve different emotions such as happiness, peace, trust, and respect, one of the most powerful and significant positive emotions of love involves confidence.
Love in its most general sense can be defined as an overpowering desire to connect with another human being or another animal, usually with the expectation of having sexual relations. However, the more complex expression of love can include additional emotions such as passion, sexual excitement, attachment, sexual desire, and even affection. In fact, love can involve any strong emotion that can be easily triggered. For instance, passionate love can be defined as intense, unrestrained sexual desire, whereas attachment can be considered to be bonding or attachment.
Passion in the form of love is typically associated with the limbic system whereas attachment is associated with the frontal lobes, which are related to the emotional centers of the brain. Studies on people who have romantic relationships show that feelings of passion, affection, and sexual desire are present in the limbic system, while attachment is more likely to occur in the frontal lobes and hippocampus. One reason that we experience these feelings during romantic relationships may be that they are the result of a direct result of the sensory processes in the limbic system and hippocampus. During romantic moments, these areas of the brain light up. As this happens, the oxygen and glucose in the blood is released and this provides the bodies with the energy and strength it needs to move towards sexual union.
The limbic system is directly linked to emotions such as love, anger, and jealousy so it is likely that romantic moments and loving feelings are rooted in these emotional states. However, it is also possible that these feelings come as a result of an exciting discovery that is being shared with someone special in some fashion. This is one study that did not link romantic feelings to any specific biological or physiological event but rather to the discovery that one person likes someone else, especially during a time when the individual was in a highly stressful situation.
Another area that is frequently linked to romantic love is the orbitofronto-occipital region of the brain which is involved in the processing of emotion, memory, and learning. During moments of extreme happiness or sadness, this region of the brain is activated which provides the individuals with the emotions that they are feeling. There has also been some evidence suggesting that feelings of affection may have a role in long term memory. In fact, there is now a new study that has found that when children were asked to list their fondest memories, those that stated that they felt loved more often were indeed more likely to have those memories in their mind’s eye than those that didn’t feel as loved.