• Imagine an invisible, undetectable force that's powerful enough to override your sense of reason yet draws you to someone with an almost animal passion. These aren't Cupid's mythological arrows, but real shots of human pheromones. Welcome to The Scent of Eros: Mysteries of Odor in Human Sexuality - 'Scientists in Philadelphia have established for the first time that the human body produces pheromones, special aromatic chemical compounds discharged by one individual that affect the sexual physiology of another'.... Do pheromones work in human sexual attraction? They may be odorless and colorless and their function may be mysterious, but human pheromones at last have the zest of scientific truth. Researchers at the University of Chicago have demonstrated that compounds swabbed from the 'underarms' of young women at different times of the month can alter the length of other women's menstrual cycles, compressing or expanding the cycles in predictable fashion.... What is the force that lights the fuse between two complete strangers? What current pulses through their veins, engorges their hearts, occupies their minds and numbs their texting fingers? As magic formulas go, sexual chemistry must surely be the most valuable. It's intoxicating effects are more pleasurable and more powerful than any drug and when it hits, it hits hard. There are the rushes of ecstacy, the gut wrenching anticipation, fluttering, dizziness, and the diminished concentration that turns day-dreaming into a full-time job. And then there are the side effects. A positively Colombian annihilation of appetite and its confidence- boosting by-product, weight loss. But no one knows what "it" is. Scientists have managed to map our genetic blueprint. They understand the subtleties of hormones and the complexities of the emotional brain. But the thing that makes two people click remains a mystery. Theories abound as to what, or why. Those looking for a magic bullet (or Cupid's arrow) tend to favour the notion of pheromones - scents secreted by the sweat glands in the 'armpits'.... Science of Love - Cupid's Chemistry: Why do we love, what is passion, and why is intense desire between two people sometimes called "chemistry"? There are, in fact, three distinct stages of love; each with their own characteristic emotional profile and scientific explanation. First is lust. Lust is driven by our sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen. These hormones are what get us 'out on the pull'. After lust comes attraction. This is the love-struck phase; the time when we lose our appetite, can't sleep, and can't concentrate. This is what we know as falling in love. The psycho-physico chemistry of love: When two people are attracted to each other, a virtual explosion of adrenaline-like "nuerochemicals" gush forth. Also, involved in chemistry are dopamine and norepinephrine, chemical cousins of amphetamines. Dopamine makes us feel good and norepinephrine stimulates the production of adrenaline. It makes our heart race! These three chemicals combine to give us infatuation. Tht is why new lovers feel euphoric and energized, and float on air. New lovers can make love for hours and talk all night for weeks on end. Now, imagine the combined effect of hormones and pheromones. It's bound to be mind boggling!
  • yup. i've studied psychology - and i'm not quite sure what the name of the chemical is - but there's definatly a chemical released when we find someone attractive - i think it might be adrenaline - but i'm not sure - it's been a while since i studied relationships lol.
  • A chemical called dopamine is released when we are around someone we find visually or mentally pleasant or stimulating, which teaches us being with that person is an enjoyable experience.
  • Yes there is a chemical reaction caused by the brain cells... It is the passion that we feel when we see someone really attractive...
  • Pheromones...

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