10 Interesting Psychological Facts About Love
Familiar faces are more attractive.
A study at the University of Liverpool found that participants asked to judge digitally altered human faces would often judge those altered to be close to theirs in appearance to be more attractive than the same face altered in a different way – for instance, if a person has close-set eyes, they would deem a face with close-set eyes more attractive than that same face with the eyes set further apart. This demonstrates that we are attracted more to faces that look like ours, or like someone we are already attached to. So next time someone tells you that your date looks like you, or like your mother or father, just tell them that’s nature.
Love can be addictive.
Using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, also known as fMRI, scientists have found that a person who is "in love" displays many of the same results as one who is high on cocaine and other addictive drugs. This has lead scientists to propose that the brain tries to create a certain sense of addiction in the "in love" couples in order to promote fidelity. Everyone know that people will keep going back for the high, regardless of the other damage it may cause – could love be the same way?