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From the Ted Talk by Shannon Odell: The science of falling in love

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As you begin to fall for someone, you may find yourself excessively daydreaming about them and wanting to spend more and more time together. This first stage of love is what psychologists call ___________, or passionate love. Your new ____________ can feel almost intoxicating, and when it comes to the brain, that’s not far from the truth. __________ individuals show increased activation in the ventral tegmental area. The VTA is the reward-processing and motivation hub of the _____, firing when you do things like eat a sweet treat, quench your thirst, or in more extreme cases, take _____ of abuse. Activation releases the “feel good” neurotransmitter dopamine, teaching your brain to repeat _________ in ____________ of receiving the same initial ______. This increased VTA activity is the reason love's not only ________, but also draws you towards your new partner.

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  1. euphoric
  2. behaviors
  3. reward
  4. relationship
  5. drugs
  6. brain
  7. anticipation
  8. infatuated
  9. infatuation

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As you begin to fall for someone, you may find yourself excessively daydreaming about them and wanting to spend more and more time together. This first stage of love is what psychologists call infatuation, or passionate love. Your new relationship can feel almost intoxicating, and when it comes to the brain, that’s not far from the truth. Infatuated individuals show increased activation in the ventral tegmental area. The VTA is the reward-processing and motivation hub of the brain, firing when you do things like eat a sweet treat, quench your thirst, or in more extreme cases, take drugs of abuse. Activation releases the “feel good” neurotransmitter dopamine, teaching your brain to repeat behaviors in anticipation of receiving the same initial reward. This increased VTA activity is the reason love's not only euphoric, but also draws you towards your new partner.

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