love and neurotransmitters
Thomas R. Gregg
greggt at strauss.udel.edu
Sat Jan 14 14:41:45 EST 1995
>>> >Between mof2n at fermi.clas.Virginia.EDU (Milton Omar Faison)'s comment
>>> >>I was watching that BRAIN show on the Discovery channel and
>>> >>heard some information that I find hard to swallow. They
>>> >>attributed love to a release of dopamine, norepi, and epi
>>> >>which, beyond the fluttery heart and sweaty palms, also leads
>>> >>to a loss of logic or "love." I'm only in my first semester in
>>> >>a neuroscience grad program, but i haven't heard anything that
>>> >>justifies this, and I was wondering if anyone could provide
>>> >>some kind of justification to this.
How about Schacter's theory of emotion perception? One's body goes into a
state of autonomic arousal (Norepi), and one *interprets* that state as
love, anger, fear, etc., depending on the circumstances. This would
correspond to a peripheral release of norepi, in the sympathetic nervous
system, not central norepi activity.
>All of our thoughts and feelings, no matter how euphoric or bizzare are
>due to interactions of neurochemicals, neurons, hormones, etc.
It's safer to say thoughts & feelings are *correlated with* neural activity.
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