The Neuroscience of Love and Attachment: Oxytocin, Vasopressin, and Dopamine’s Role in Bonding

Posted on: May 30, 2024
Last Updated: May 30, 2024

Join Dr. Sanil Rege, Consultant Psychiatrist as he delves into the neuroscience behind maternal affection and passionate love.

Key Video Insights:

0:00 Neuroscience of Maternal and Romantic Love.

1:46 Love and neuroscience, with a focus on attachment and dopamine.

3:42 Attachment, bonding, and neurotransmitters in love.

8:41 Neurobiology of liking and wanting behaviours in addiction and romantic love.

10:43 Brain chemistry and bonding in romantic relationships.


Prepare to be intrigued as we unveil insights that might change your perspective on love and relationships. Scientific research has revealed mystical phenomena, such as heart rhythm synchronization during co-sleeping, fostering a profound connection between partners.

Delving deeper, we examine the enduring impact of childhood trauma and the absence of maternal love on emotional well-being, influencing the delicate balance of our nervous systems and shaping adult emotional regulation.

This exploration provides a unique opportunity to comprehend love from a scientific standpoint. We navigate through the intricate realm of neurotransmitters, deciphering the roles of Oxytocin, Vasopressin, and Dopamine in maternal love and romantic passion.

Curious about how maternal love is wired in our brains? Wondering about the brain’s activity during love? We analyze brain imaging studies, uncovering distinct activation patterns associated with maternal or passionate love.

Exploring further, we discuss the functions of Oxytocin, often dubbed the ‘bonding hormone’, in fostering trust and attachment. Additionally, we delve into Vasopressin’s role in long-term commitment and fidelity, alongside Dopamine’s influence on the excitement and reward aspects of love.

In summary, this video offers an insightful journey into the intersection of love and neuroscience, providing valuable knowledge for neuroscience students, psychology enthusiasts, and anyone curious about human emotions.

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