… to fall in love. At least, it takes less than a second for some of the right chemicals to flood your brain. Link
It takes a fifth-of-a-second for the euphoria-inducing chemicals to start acting on the brain when you are looking at that special someone.
That’s one of the conclusions of Stephanie Ortigue, who has co-authored a review of neuroscience research on love.
And an interesting bit about kinds of love:
One common distinction is between passionate love and the companionate kind, with the latter growing between couples over time.
My eighth grade Spanish teacher talked to us about this, over the distinction between “being in love” and “loving” someone (I think) that also was about the difference between just falling in love with someone, and having loved someone for years.
It seems like a lot of research into human behavior confirms things that we already know, but haven’t had fully categorized, or explained, by scientific means.
Different words for love? Makes sense, there’s different kinds of love that we’ve found.
Love at first sight? It’s the chemicals in your brain.
Does confession work? Looks like it does, even a non-religious one.
It’s sort of cool that science is confirming some of our past practices. We know more than we think we do.