The New Science of Love and Attraction
    By Sena Koleva | March 16th 2010 01:03 AM | 8 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments

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    Very interesting!

    Very interesting and enjoyable read!

    Curiously, a small percentage of couples who’ve been married for many years report that they still feel very much in love, passionate as the day they met. Brain scans of such couples reveal that indeed the chemicals associated with passion are present at levels similar to those in the brains of people who’ve recently fallen in love9. They’re still riding a red hot convertible and I must admit that I don’t need a dose of oxytocin to envy them.


    I don't need a dose of oxytocin to envy them either. lol ;-)

    Quite an interesting article. And I must confess that the results reported are consistent with my own experience of romantic love. Very nicely put together.
    Keep writing about this and somehow work in longevity....

    skoleva
    Thank you for your interest Greg! To some extent, love and longevity have been linked already, but primarily via distal (e.g. social) rather than proximal mechanisms (e.g. biology). For example, married people have long been known to live longer, especially men, possibly because someone is there to nudge you to go to the doctor and take care of yourself. The finding that oxytocin may help wound healing is a pretty exciting new avenue. My guess is that the most action will be found in the stress-reactivity physiological axis, with loving and supportive relationships alleviating the negative effects of chronic activation. I'm not as familiar with this line of work but it's certainly something to keep an eye out for. 
    A wonderful and quite mind blowing explanation of LOVE!!!
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us...

    nice and enjoyable study sena! keep on going. like the oxytocin connection. in any case there is much, much more than that ...
    best of luck
    ivan

    Sena, great article! (PS Weren't we supposed to meet... 2 years ago?)