According to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the feeling of love or lust does not have much to do with your heart as much as it has to do with the different parts of your brain.
In their scientific study, Jim Pfaus, a professor of psychology at Concordia University in Montreal and lead author of the study which analyzed 20 studies related to the effects of sex and love on the body, found that two parts of the brain, the insula and the striatum, are responsible for the sexual desire developing into feelings of love.
According to ABC News, researchers found that lust triggers parts of the brain that control pleasurable feelings, associated with sex and food, but love triggers parts of the brain associated with habits. Pfsaus went on to state, “We assign different language to love and sexual desire and addiction. But really, they’re all being processed in a similar place. When we see this, the idea of love at first sight probably isn’t true. People are feeling desire.”
The study found that just like you find comfort in habits, the brain treats love like a habit that has been formed over time, which is why the feeling of lust usually develops before the feeling of love. Moreover, according to the research, its the same principal when when people become drug addicts. According to Pfaus, “Habits usually get a bad reputation, but it’s an important thing that the brain imposes. The change from desire to love is the bonding mechanism in relationships.”
This latest research has the potential to help in a variety of areas, and according to Pfaus, can act as a cornerstone for other research on the subject of evolution, addiction, love and other social neuroscience research.
Different Parts of Brain Determine if It’s Love or Lust.