Dopamine: A chemical in the brain associated with mood enhancing effects;
responsible for feelings associated with sexual pleasure, confidence and
"Brain chemicals, including dopamine, play
a role in the biological drama
known as romantic love. They contribute to the giddy, almost-irrational
feelings of attraction that dominate the lives of people who are 'head
heels in love."
"Brain chemicals, including dopamine, may also play a key role in
together couples in romances that endure for years or decades. Being in
presence of a spouse or other long-term partner stimulates manufacture
brain chemicals that create a sense of well -being. As natural
pain-killers, these chemicals may reinforce long-term romances in another
way - by easing aches, pains, and other physical distress."
Elevation of dopamine levels often leads to an improvement in mood,
alertness, and sex drive, and perhaps even an enhancement in verbal fluency
"Studies show that gushy romantic sensations may
be similar to the highs
drug addicts feel when they're under the influence.There are striking
parallels to the behaviors of drug addicts and people in love."
Cocaine, opiates and alcohol produce rewarding effects in part due to
abilities to promote the release of dopamine.
A chemical messenger, dopamine is similar to adrenaline, also affecting
brain processes that control movement, emotional response and ability
experience pleasure and pain.
Have you ever wondered why smokers have to light-one-up immediately after
sex? Smoking appears to release dopamine into the brain so they get a
shot of it by having an orgasm and lighting up afterward. This may be
the main reasons "kicking the habit" is so difficult.
With these thought provoking facts, the movie Dopamine explores the issues
of attraction, lust and love or are they all the same?