By Neuroscience News
Hanging out with your loved one triggers a dopamine rush, similar to cravings for sugar or nicotine.
University of Colorado Boulder neuroscientists discovered this dopamine response varies based on who we're meeting.
Senior author Zoe Donaldson explains this as a "biological signature of desire".
Prairie voles, monogamous mammals, were central to the study.
The research aimed to understand the neurochemistry of human bonds and overcoming loss.
Dopamine was found to be crucial in maintaining romantic bonds.
Neuroimaging technology tracked dopamine in voles during partner interactions.
The findings offer hope for new therapies for those struggling with relationships and grief.