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Quiz: The Science of Love

Description: This quiz explores the science behind how we feel love.
Number of Questions: 20
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Scientifically speaking, which organ in the body is responsible for the feelings of love?

  1. heart

  2. lungs

  3. brain

  4. eyes


Correct Option: C

This brain chemical makes someone who is just starting to fall in love feel, "head over heels."

  1. dopamine

  2. oxytocin

  3. vasopressin

  4. phenylethylamine


Correct Option: D

Histocompatibility looks at genes that might play a role in attraction by using which sense?

  1. smell

  2. sight

  3. hearing

  4. touch


Correct Option: A

T/F: Studies show that people are attracted to others for their values, money, & intelligence.

  1. TRUE

  2. FALSE


Correct Option: A

About how quickly do humans subconsciously determine if a person is "right" for them?

  1. within an hour

  2. within 43 minutes

  3. within 17 minutes

  4. within 3 minutes


Correct Option: D

Phenylethylamine causes this chemical to release, giving you sweaty palms & a rapid heartbeat.

  1. serotonin

  2. norepinephrine

  3. oxytocin

  4. estrogen


Correct Option: B

This "cuddle hormone" is triggered by dopamine & can help people feel attachment to others:

  1. serotonin

  2. testosterone

  3. oxytocin

  4. estrogen


Correct Option: C

T/F: Oxytocin is released in women during childbirth & when mothers give milk to their baby.

  1. TRUE

  2. FALSE


Correct Option: A

This chemical, released in the brain, can increase our dependence on another person:

  1. serotonin

  2. dopamine

  3. norepinephrine

  4. oxytocin


Correct Option: A

Low serotonin levels, which help control impulses, are also found in people with this disorder:

  1. Tourette's Syndrome

  2. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  3. Defiance Disorder

  4. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Correct Option: B

T/F: When scientists scan the brains of people in love, they do not look different from others.

  1. TRUE

  2. FALSE


Correct Option: B

This part of the brain stimulates the production of the hormones testosterone & estrogen.

  1. cerebellum

  2. prefrontal cortex

  3. cerebrum

  4. hypothalamus


Correct Option: D

This chemical can make those in love feel giddy and energetic, with no need for sleep.

  1. dopamine

  2. serotonin

  3. norepinephrine

  4. oxytocin


Correct Option: A

What causes people to feel so in love they cannot eat or sleep?

  1. decreased levels of serotonin

  2. increased levels of oxytocin

  3. decreased levels of norepinephrine

  4. increased levels of dopamine


Correct Option: D

Dopamine increases giddiness for people newly in love, but is a downfall for this disorder:

  1. addiction

  2. ADHD

  3. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  4. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Correct Option: A

The network that releases the neurotransmitter dopamine is commonly called _________.

  1. the cuddle hormone

  2. the connection chemical

  3. the reward pathway

  4. the fight or flight response


Correct Option: C

Which chemical in the brain is released during attraction and in the fight or flight response?

  1. phenylethylamine

  2. norepinephrine

  3. serotonin

  4. dopamine


Correct Option: B

What type of chemicals help develop attachment to sustain relationships after the first year?

  1. endorphins

  2. epinephrines

  3. neurotransmitters

  4. stimulants


Correct Option: A

Which of the following is NOT associated with falling in love?

  1. heart racing

  2. palms sweating

  3. exhaustion

  4. increased energy


Correct Option: C

Which of the following academics have NOT tried to define love over the years?

  1. philosophers

  2. geologists

  3. psychologists

  4. biologists


Correct Option: B
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