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Love Phenomenon and Neurobiology of Love Relations

Ali Evren Tufan, Ţrem Yalu­.

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The biology; especially the neurobiological features of the ´┐Żlove´┐Ż phenomenon has recently started to attract attention. Love relations and attachment, which is closely related with them, are known to be important in health and disease. Love and love relations are found to be complex neurobiological phenomena based on activation of the limbic system of the brain. Those processes involve oxytocin, vasopressin, dopamine and serotonergic functions. Additionally, endorphine and endogenous opiate systems as well as nitrous oxide play role in those processes. The stages of love and love relations may demonstrate different neurochemical and neurophysiological features and may partially overlap with m aternal, romantic and sexual love and attachments. The aim of this article is to evaluate the common neurobiological pathways underlying the ´┐Żlove´┐Ż phenomenon as well as their importance in medicine and health.

Key words: Love, Neurobiology, Oxytocin, Serotonin, Attachment, Vazopressin

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