“The bean pods are covered”, “I am blinded by love”… . It’s an expression often used for people who are in love. However, according to scientists, this expression is not just a figurative phrase, but a phenomenon that actually happens to people who are in love.
A person who is deeply immersed in the feeling of love changes in all emotions and behaviors, from the way he speaks to the habit of walking. A summary of the changes that happen to people in love, introduced by the American Internet media ‘HuffPost’.
◇Looks like a drunk
The scientists’ magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans showed that the same neural system activated when addicted to cocaine is also activated when falling in love. When this nervous system is activated, you fall into a kind of euphoria. Dr. Lucy Brown of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the United States said, “A person who is in love feels intense pleasure that things have gone their way, and this state is also present when addicted to cocaine.”
◇ Decreased ability to perform work
Falling in love reduces your ability to perform tasks that require concentration. Dr. Hank van Steenbergen of the University of Leiden in the Netherlands said, “People in romantic relationships spend too much cognitive resources thinking about their loved ones, and this leaves them with insufficient energy to do their jobs.”
◇The gait changes
Several studies have shown that men in love slow down their gait to match their partner’s stride, keeping their heart rates at the same rate as each other.
◇I can tolerate pain well
Studies have shown that even holding the hand of a loved one can relieve pain. Professor Arthur Aron of the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York in the United States said, “The part of the brain that is activated when you are in love is the same part that the medicine you take to reduce pain works.”
People who are in love also tend to imitate their partner’s tone of voice. There is also a phenomenon of not turning one’s eyes to the opposite sex except one’s partner, which is called ‘unconscious attention bias’.