Cincy Science: It's not spring, it's oxytocin and vasopressin that turn our thoughts to love

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Is there something to the notion that more people actually fall in love in the springtime?

Mark Bardgett, the director of the interdisciplinary minor in neuroscience at Northern Kentucky University, acknowledges that scientists have largely steered clear of defining "love" and left that "to poets and the Beatles."

However, Bardgett does shed some light on  the brain chemistry involved in falling in love.

Studies have explored the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in human romantic partnerships, Bardgett said.

And then there's the examination made by  neuroscientists of  prairie voles.

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