Thursday, April 2, 2009

Is there such a thing as love chemistry?

I read an article in AARP Bulletin this month talking about a professor of neuroscience, Larry Young, at Emory University exploring developing a drug that works on our brain to release brain hormones that give us a "warm feeling."

In the article the author wondered if there would be a day when we could take a love pill to help us as the article said, "make people have the impulse and the desire to move closer to one another." It's interesting to note that our brain's chemistry does change in certain activities associated with love (the article gave the examples of breast feeding and sex).

So do you think one day we'll see a love potion on the shelf to tap into those changes that occur in us when we see someone we love?

1 comment:

  1. I don't know why, but for some reason the idea of a "love pill" sort of gives me the chills. It smacks in my mind, and of course I didn't read the article being referred to so this is not a reflection on that, of almost like a date rape drug. And I know the author surely DID NOT mean that.

    On the other hand, I have to say that if I can move past the initial creepy feeling it gives me, it could come in handy after you've had a fight with your spouse, you both take a "love pill" and no one stays angry or sleeps on the couch.

    Of course, this could also result in another baby boom, so they might want to really weigh the pros and cons before it comes close to hitting the shelves.