Science has made huge strides in understanding the functioning of the human brain. Along with being the seat of intelligence, the initiator of body movement, and the interpreter of senses, do you know that this three pound organ is also the controller of human behavior? What is the science behind the basic human emotions like happiness, sadness, anger or fear? Singer Nestor Alexander Haddaway’s chartbuster ‘What is love’ has definitely driven our heads in motion but ever wondered what exactly is love? What happens inside our brains when we experience this emotion? You may never have thought of it this way, but just like you send text messages to your friends in the form of digital signals to pass on a certain information and resultantly your friends react to the information, similarly, certain brain cells send chemical signals (neurotransmitters) to talk to each other. The reaction here is that some neurotransmitters make cells more active while others block or dampen the activity of the cell.
The neurotransmitters are the signaling molecules responsible for key brain functions. In comparison to other higher primates, our brains have unique neurotransmitter profiles that probably resulted in our enhanced cognition. Maintaining a balance in these brain chemicals and hormones is the key to feeling a balanced mood and behavior. Read the module to get insights into the world of neurotransmitters and the interesting chemistry of the human brain and its relation to human behavior.