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How can romantic love be described by scientists?

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closed as too broad by Why Do You Think That Is True, Krysta, Chuck Sherrington, Taal, Josh Gitlin Aug 30 '13 at 21:16

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It sounds like a big topic. I guess this would be a starting point: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love#Biological_basis –  Jeromy Anglim Jun 23 '13 at 13:59
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I don't think love is just a biological process. Its also a social process: the idea of love itself has many socially defined/described aspects (magazines, movies, friends) thay set expectations for the party's involved. Of course, the biological aspect (attraction?) is also there. –  Keegan Keplinger Jun 23 '13 at 22:53
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There are books on this topic. From an extremely general physiological point of view - I recall that phenylethylamine is released in your brain for around a year once you fall in love with someone, then after that the relationship is "endorphin based." I read that somewhere on the internet like 8 years ago so I don't have a citation. –  user3433 Aug 25 '13 at 5:06
    
Can you edit this question and narrow the scope somewhat Miroslav? I think there's a really interesting question here but as it stands an answer could be as long as a book... –  Josh Gitlin Aug 30 '13 at 21:17