Star-crossed lovers, moonlight and roses, sleepless nights, ecstatic reunions, ah…the stuff of falling in love. Sounds more romantic than dopamine response system, serotonin high, and oxytocin effect, right? Unless you’re a science geek, in which case you might think it obvious that falling in love is, at least in large part, a chemical process.
Physical attraction plays a pivotal role in falling in love, but there’s more to the story, since we don’t fall in love with everyone we’re attracted to. I won’t attempt to give an exhaustive account of what happens when we fall in love, instead we’ll take a brief foray into the world of drugs, sexual attraction and love.