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The first two molecules are pheromones: hormones that are related to the more sexual part of the relationship, which includes attraction to the other. The role of these hormones in animals has been demonstrated: males of certain species can detect very small amounts of these hormones when released by females in heat. For example, a single pheromone molecule emitted by a silkmoth is capable of attracting the male of the species. In fact, many devices for capturing insects, such as bees and ants, use these hormones.
The last two, oxytocin and vasopressin are more related to long-term relationships. Lately studies have been published that reveal that oxytocin acts in brain regions associated with social and emotional behaviors, such as trust. Its effects, however, are modified if it acts in conjunction with other molecules.
John Paul Young – Love Is In The Air (1978)
Did you know?
Many people who have suffered heartbreak console themselves by eating chocolate. This food is especially rich in phenylethylamine. It could be, then, a type of self-medication against the withdrawal that comes from a lack of this substance.