Hey, romantics: It takes *this* amount of time to fall in love
The next time you think you’re experiencing love at first swipe (or just old school IRL sight), you might be right. Because as it turns out, falling in love occurs in the brain, and it happens quicker than you’d expect.
In a 2010 study by Syracuse University, researchers found that it only takes one-fifth of a second after looking at someone for euphoria-inducing chemicals like oxytocin, dopamine, adrenaline, and vasopressin to be released into 12 different parts of the brain that work together to create lovey feels. Complex cognitive functions are also affected by love’s rush, such as body image, metaphors, and mental representation.
Your love IS a drug
Also, the initial rush of love is similar to a cocaine high, so every love/drug related song lyric was right after all!
All this time, we thought our hearts were responsible for choosing our partners and making reckless decisions in the name of love, and it might not even be their fault. Sorry, aortas.
Feels begin in the brain
When asked if love happens in the brain or the heart, Professor Stephanie Ortigue (who led the study) said, “That’s a tricky question always. I would say the brain, but the heart is also related because the complex concept of love is formed by both bottom-up and top-down processes from the brain to the heart and vice versa. For instance, activation in some parts of the brain can generate stimulations to the heart, butterflies in the stomach. Some symptoms we sometimes feel as a manifestation of the heart may sometimes be coming from the brain.”
So when we talk about modern dating and how classic love is dead, remember that love at first sight is a very real thing. It can happen. Because science said so!