PSY-8 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Sigmund Freud, Casual Sex, Neurochemistry

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24 Dec 2020
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When it comes to close relationships, passionate love is widespread and universal. William jankowiak and edward fischer detected indications of passionate love in 147 out of 166 cultures as varied as indonesia, china, turkey, nigeria, trinidad, morocco, Drawing on this universality, some researchers have begun to explore the underlying neuroscience. Helen fisher believes that romantic love is hard-wired in the neurochemistry of the brain. Fisher argues that the neurotransmitter dopamine, which drives to seek rewards such as food and sex, is essential to the pleasure that is felt when these drives are satisfied. Hence, she argues, dopamine levels are associated with both the highs of romantic passion and the lows of rejection. she also points to neurochemical parallels between romantic love and substance addiction. The willingness to marry without love is also subject to cultural variation. In many cultures, marriage is seen as a transaction between families that is influenced by social, economic, and religious considerations.

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