Scientific Understanding of Consciousness
Consciousness as an Emergent Property of Thalamocortical Activity

Sexually-based Love

My Hypothesis of the functionality

 Mutual addiction between two people.

 Mediated by brainís reward circuitry of VTA and nucleus accumbens.

 Same reward circuits as those that are hijacked in chemical addictions, such as cocaine addiction.

 Same reward circuits as those that are active in other addictions, such as gambling or pornography.

 Brain sensory inputs and perceptual categorization excites VTA neurons in midbrain.

 VTA neurons in midbrain synapse dopamine in nucleus accumbens.

 Nucleus accumbens activates emotion and motivation.

 Motivation stimulates actions that enhance pleasurable sensory inputs.



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