Wonder why you love them so much?
You can thank your mirror neurons.
Scientist first discovered mirror neurons my watching what part of a monkey’s brain that lite up during brain scans. While conducting an experiment to see what cells became activated when a monkey grabbed a peanut, they accidently discovered a new phenomenon. These cells appear to not only be activated when a monkey touches the peanut, they can become active when the monkey simply watches another monkey touch a peanut.
Therefore when Harry finds Sally on New Years Eve, and tells her that he loves her.
We are getting a scrumptious little neurochemical love shot.
First we get a surge of dopamine. Dopamine is involved with the reward center of the brain and makes you feel pleasure. It’s the part that is activated during activities such has gambling and is associated with certain drugs such as methamphetamine.
Next, we get shot of cortisol. That’s part of our stress hormones. It makes us feel nervous, alert, and giddy.
Then, our oxytocin level also goes up. Oxytocin is that cuddly lovey-dovey hormone. Our trust skyrockets, while our fear plummets, and we feel attached to everyone.
Finally, our serotonin levels drop. Serotonin is our happiness hormone, so when it decreases we can feel a little sentimental, maybe even a little sad. That’s why we love drama in a good love story. We want the guy to almost lose her, and right before they are about to go their separate ways, he comes to his senses, and swoops in to get her.
Because of our mirror neurons, we feel like we are part of the movie. Reminding us