Love at first sight: how it works in science


First Sight

Some of us are able to fall in love at first sight (and what to hide, do it all the time), but others do not. To argue with this fact is just as meaningless, as with the fact that the earth is round. But instead of explaining our ability to fall in love with the person we saw in the subway car or met in the queue at the supermarket, the personality traits, scientists, as they should, went more complicated experimentally.

Immediately note that the study, which will be discussed, was conducted on fruit flies. Scientists at the Cornell University scientific laboratory found that the females of these insects are biologically oriented towards the identification of males with whom they are genetically compatible, and observations have shown that it is during mating with selected “at first sight” that the females produce more eggs.

Despite the fact that experiments with human participants have not yet been conducted, scientists are sure that we – at least women – have a similar biological mechanism.

Why does a person generally call the feeling that arises when looking at an extremely nice stranger with love? Andrew Clark, a lead author of the study, suggests that not only eyesight works here, but also smell, voice timbre and, quite possibly, some other non-obvious factors that are actually more important than it seems.

Scientists say: how long does love last

A number of researchers are of the opinion that the genetic component dominates in one-stage love. They say that when we meet a person with an ideal set of genes (that is, one that guarantees quality offspring), a certain biological reaction takes place. This reaction we usually call love at first sight.

You can say that love is a complex feeling that can not be explained by one biology or physiology. And we agree with you because the scale of the phenomenon requires similarly large-scale experiments.


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