"The Chemistry Of Love" This paper discusses the actual chemicals in your body that cause you to fall in love.

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It is common, when two individuals fall for each other, for them to say they have "chemistry". The funny thing about that statement is that there is more truth to it than the average person realizes. Those warm, fuzzy, nervous, and jumpy feelings we have from that special someone aren't the gifts from cupid, but instead, from scientific chemistry.

Studies and surveys were done to 400 different people during the 1960's, in which the question asked was, "what it is like to be in love." Majority of the people surveyed came up with some of the same responses to the question asked. Some of the feelings they described were fear, shaking, weakness, nervousness, jitters, and much more. These are all very intense feelings, which are set off in the body and brain when two people are attracted to one another.

Scientists believe that much of these feelings are caused by a chemical called phenylethylamine, also known as "PEA".

PEA is often called the "love molecule", and it is a natural chemical that causes the energy and on top of the world feeling that lovers experience. Scientists theorize that the production of this chemical in the brain can be triggered by something as simple as holding hands or something more serious.

A substance that is released by PEA is the chemical dopamine. Dopamine stimulates the production of oxytocin, which is also known as "the cuddle chemical". Scientists believe that when couples touch and cuddle with one another, they release this chemical.

Another love chemical, found in the brain, is called norepinephrine. This chemical stimulates the production of adrenaline, and causes your blood pressure to rise when near the person you love or are attracted to. This chemical explains why your heart may pound or your palms may...