The frontal cortex, essential for judgment, goes out when you fall in love.
Romantic or maternal love is a remarkably rewarding experience.
Both are related to the perpetuation of the species and therefore have a closely related biological function of crucial importance for evolution.
The recently developed ability to study the neural correlations of subjective mental states with brain imagining techniques has enabled neurobiologists to learn something about the neural basis of romantic and maternal love.
These two types of attachment activate specific regions for each of them, as well as overlapping regions of the brain gratification system that coincide with areas rich in oxytocin and vasopressor receptors.
Both deactivate a common set of regions associated with negative emotions, social judgment and the “mentalisation” or evaluation of the intentions and emotions of others.
Human attachment therefore seems to employ a push mechanism that overcomes social distance by disabling the networks used for critical social assessment and negative emotions, linking individuals through the involvement of gratification circuits, explaining the power of love to motivate and exhilarate.
Biological study of Love
However, the biological study of love, especially of romantic love, must go further and look for biological insights that can derive from the study of world literature on love and thus bring the production of the humanities into its own sphere.
During some studies, it was shown that this deactivation occurs simply by showing someone a picture of a loved one.
But why does the brain behave this way? Some areas of the brain go out for higher biological purposes. Turning off the judgment area makes it more likely to reproduce.
If the judgment is suspended, the inhibitory brakes are interrupted and the couple is more likely to mate and reproduce.
When you’re in love, you can also make choices like going into business or obtaining a mortgage.
Actions that you would not have the courage to perform in periods of falling out of love.
Brain scans have also shown that the area of fear is extinguished during falling in love.
People in love feel happy with the world and are not afraid to fail.
In short, we must change the way we say
“I love you with all my heart!”
“I love you with all my brain!”