This is your brain on love

February 9, 2023

This is your brain on love

UW Medicine neuroscientist Larry Zweifel says the human brain is fast at work whenever we meet someone new, and if the moving chemicals in our mind react just right, the result makes us gush with admiration, or more, for that person. 

“There are lots of brain chemicals and hormones that drive our emotional responses, and a lot of the emotions that we feel are just natural brain processes,” said Zweifel, a professor of both pharmacology and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  

“When we meet someone and we make a connection, whether it's the person we fall in love with or when we meet our children for the first time, there are huge changes that occur in the brain that make lasting connections ... with that individual,” said Zweifel. 

In our blog item, Zweifel shares details about the science that drives emotions. 

Download broadcast-ready soundbites describing the connection between love and our brains. 

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