“You think someone made you feel good,” Pfaus says, “but really it’s your brain that made you feel good.”In more cases than not, the love fever between two people breaks in time.
It’s also helpful to know that the typical relationship cannot maintain the passion index present at the start.
The earliest f MRIs of brains in love were taken in 2000, and they revealed that the sensation of romance is processed in three areas.
The first is the ventral tegmental, a clump of tissue in the brain’s lower regions, which is the body’s central refinery for dopamine.
When you look forward to a big meal or expect a big raise, it’s a steady flow of dopamine that makes the anticipation such a pleasure.[Helen Fisher, am anthropologist at Rutgers University and author of “Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love”] and her colleagues have conducted recent f MRI scans of people who are not just in love but newly in love and have found that their ventral tegmental areas are working particularly hard.
“This little factory near the base of the brain is sending dopamine to higher regions,” she says.
Motor skills like those can be hard to lose, thanks to the caudate nuclei’s indelible memory.