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Attraction & Intimacy: A Cross-Cultural Review.docx

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University of Guelph
PSYC 2310
Saba Safdar

AttractionIntimacy A CrossCultural Review thFinal Exam December 479pm ROZ 104 120 Questions 60 questions from textbook chapters 5 10 332352 111213 and 14 9 questions from each chapter except chapter 10 5 questions 60 questions from lectures 8 lectures 6 questions from each lecture except todays lecture 8 questions Chemistry of Love What are the characteristics of someone in love oTheir chemical imbalance is similar to those observed in clinical obsessivecompulsive disorder Biological perspective Romantic love is associated with specific chemicals and networks in the brain oHigh Levels of DopamineAssociated with focused attention goal orientated behaviors the goalto get the beloved excessive energy eg sleeplessness dependency and sexual desire it is wanting the beloved solely for yourself it is not just sharing your bed with someone it is based on a connection oHigh Levels of NorepinephrineAssociated with excessive energy sleeplessness loss of appetite increased memory for new stimuli the new stimuli is details about the beloved oLower levels of SerotoninAssociated with obsession SSRIs are used to treat those with OCD eg Prozac as the love affair intensifies so do the obsessions Experiment Scanning the Brain in LoveHelen Fisher Have you just fallen madly in love The brain activity of 20 participants who were madly and happily in love were scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging Excluded people with piercings on their head and lefthandedness brain organization could vary One picture of the beloved and a neutral picture Findings oHigh activity in the Caudate NucleusA cshaped region part our brain that developed a long time ago it is premammal a primitive part of the brain it is something that is primal when they think about the beloved associated with the reward system which is associated with dopamine becomes very active when they are looking at a picture of the beloved oHigh activity in the ventral tegmental are VTA was found This region produces dopamine making cells and distributes dopamine to many brain regions
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