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The Chemistry Behind Love At First Sight

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With Valentine's Day just a day away, the concept of love is on the minds of many. But have you ever wonder what exactly is going on in our brains -- when we first meet "the one"?. We sat down and spoke with a psychiatrist to find out more about the "chemistry" behind love. 

Clammy hands, beating hearts and weak knees. Often time when you ask people about their first reaction regarding the person their with, it comes down to an instant connection. 

"When we first met it was love at first sight," said Brinne Spell. 

"I wanted to see him again, right away," said Rebekah Petersen. 

"We clicked first thing," said Linda Capps.  

But hearts aside, what about our brains? We sat down with Psychiatrist Dr. Charles Graves to find out what in our bodies makes us feel butterflies and fall in love.

"There's a variety of neuro-chemical effects of a twitter patient of falling in love…one of the most profound is the increase of in a neuro-chemical named dopamine," Graves said.

According to Graves, dopamine just makes you feel good.
 
"It works in a brain pathway that's called the reward circuit, dopamine makes us like chocolate, dopamine makes us like to gamble," Graves said.
 
And though other neurological chemicals are attached to that feeling of love, Graves says it's dopamine that hits us first. It  reinforces behavior, and is what keeps us coming back for more. Something these women, buying Valentines for their husband's says makes sense.

"I can tell, especially when you're apart, and you miss each other and you're back together, yeah, it definitely makes you happy," Spell said.
 
"I've met a lot of people, and he is the only one I felt that way for," said Petersen.
 
And though according to Dr. Graves we know what chemicals are released when we fall in love, why we fall in love still remains a mystery.

"There are features that people find universally attractive, such as facial and body symmetry, and that explains what happens for an individual, but not for an individual," Graves said.

And Graves says that while science can explain a lot, there is something romantic about leaving the reasons behind who we're with unanswered.

To find more information about your brain in love, click here.

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