Brain v.s Beat: Does love come from the heart?

Yet another celebrity couple falls out of love, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. The two were Hollywood’s power couple who seemed madly in love; In fact, some could say that they even loved each other with all they’re hearts. I mean, Tom Cruise said the same thing while jumping on Oprah’s couch. But is it actually possible to love someone with all you’re heart?
No, it is not. The brain plays the primary role in attraction, which is the first stage of romantic love. Research and experimentation suggests that pheromones play a vital role in attraction. Although the existence of pheromones in humans and the method by which individuals detect them is still under debate and requires further research. A study by Stern and McClintock on pheromones in women’s underarm secretion gives the most solid evidence for the existence of human pheromones. It has been hypothesized that the brain detects these pheromones through an organ known as the Vomeronasal Organ (VNO), by receptors, or by the terminal nerve in the nostrils.When someone experiences an attraction for someone else, the brain triggers the release of certain chemicals that cause us to feel a “rush”when we are around someone we are attracted to, causing our hearts to pump faster. This increasing heart rate is the reason the heart is associated with love.
This therefore contradicts the age old saying “I love you with all my heart”. It is virtually impossible to love with your heart as the heart’s function is to pump blood to all the other organs of the body, including the brain. However, one could argue that without blood in the brain, it would not function and thus we we would not physically be able to love. The two organs therefore have a symbiotic relationship when it comes to this popular emotion that we call love.
Cherie Kihato

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