இனிது இனிது காதல் இனிது The air is full of love, the florist sells only bunches of roses(of course the prices are exorbitant), tables all booked in the bay view restaurants, valentines rushing to buy gift at the last minute.....on this eve of VDay! How many of us believe the story of cupid's arrow striking and and we falling in love in a microsecond? Today's scientists have researched the "mechanism" of love.(I wonder who will fund for such researches....I'm sure he/she is/was in love!) And to my surprise Love involves only the brain not the heart. (Or may be...since we give our heart to our love, we are only left with the brain...(does it makes any sense?) Or may be we fall on our head (over heels), the brain is only involved...:idea) It is not anymore the simple he meets her, she meets him; cupid's arrow strikes and they fall in love, logic. And believe me, all the true characteristics of falling in love has a scientific or rather a hormonal explanation behind them. I am trying to explain the complexity(what more can you expect in this 4 letter word) from my limited understanding capacity. Love is Blind! (Though I don't believe in this, it is the first 'curse' that comes from those who oppose/hate love ) True. When a person is in love, a portion of the brain called frontal cortex (at the forehead region) is deactivated. This portion, dearies, helps us in our planning and judging abilities. This deactivation masks the flaws of the person being loved. Lovers loose sleep and appetite! (That time is spent fruitfully in practicing the sweet nothings for the next day :hide:, and replaying the previous day's SNs , don't you all agree my friends?) Seratonin is a chemical produced in brain and it is responsible for our moods, emotions, sleep and appetite. When one falls in love, the secretion of seratonin drops dramatically....and now you know the rationale behind the loss of sleep and appetite. Being in love is stressful! (Oh My God...repeated pinching from friends to bring us from our dreamland is surely stressful!) Researches like Prof. Marazzitti give the hormonal reason behind it. They have found that Cortisol and Norepinephrin (the two buddies causing stress) are realeased in higher levels in those who are smitten. Isn't it logic enough for the palpitation, excitement and high BP? Now coming to the HOT stuff.... Romantic love is an emotion! (We are after all human beings, the creatures with heaps of emotions...so what's new here?) ) Our experts like Helen Fisher, an expert on the science of human attraction(how come I never have heard about this faculty during my time) tell otherwise. The middle of our brain has the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) that becomes a busy body when we are in love.This VTA releases Dopamine....inducing the romantic feelings like pleasure, want, craving and motivation. VTA is a teardrop shaped portion of the brain (Is there any love without tears?) The VTA along with 3 other tiny parts of the brain forms a circuit(ventral tegmental area (VTA), the nucleus accumbens, the ventral pallidum and raphe nucleus.).This lits up when a person is in love. And...the spark is kept alive by hugs, kisses and intimacy. Love results in bonding, trust and attachment! (Do we have anyother choice..?) Technically, the Oxytocin, nick named as "Love Hormone" is the director here. This is produced by the hypothalamus part of the brain, induced by touching, hugging etc etc. The love hormone take cares of the trust, bond and attachment and other emotional aspects of the person in love. Before you all come to strike me with arrows...I should stop typing. For those who are deceived by the title, yet again and came here to read a hot romance...sorry guys...it's yours truly's blog:thumbsup who knows nothing about penning a story. For my friends who know that I will blabber something in the likes of this, yet came here to view...Thanks for the faith you have in meBig Laugh. Happy Valentines Day ! Lit up the love circuit with flowers to your Valentines!