Falling In Love ‘Takes a Fifth of a Second and is Like Taking Cocaine’

Does the heart fall in love… or the brain?

(Telegraph) Falling in love ‘takes a fifth of a second and is like taking cocaine’

By  7:34AM BST 26 Oct 2010

Falling in love takes a fifth of a second and produces the same high as taking cocaine, scientists have claimed.

Love at first sight really is possible because it takes just milliseconds for euphoria-inducing chemicals to flood the brain after setting eyes on the right person, researchers believe. The first flush of love stimulates 12 different parts of the brain to start releasing “feel-good” chemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopression, a study at Syracuse University in New York found.

The same chemicals are triggered by a dose of cocaine – meaning that the feeling of falling in love is similar to that induced by taking the Class-A drug .

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