Why love really is a drug: How romance triggers response in same part of brain as narcotics

It is often said that love is a drug.

But romance really does work in a similar way to addiction to illegal substances – it triggers a reaction in the same part of the brain, scientists have revealed.

Those smitten will produce an emotional response in the part of the grey matter normally involved with motivation and reward.

Our brains have been hardwired to choose a mate, and we become so motivated to win them over that we are sometimes willing to go to extreme lengths.

The reward comes from recognising that something feels good and is worth the effort.

‘You can feel happy when you’re in love, but you can also feel anxious,’ said Lucy Brown, a neuroscientist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

Professor Brown said that the reward part of the brain – or pleasure centre – is an essential to our survival as this drives the need to have sex.

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