Is it a look of love, or lust? Don’t know how to find it? Well, your eye movements reveal love or lust intentions when it comes to the person you are attracted to.
Read on to know the surprising study findings about the look of love and lust in your eyes.
If eyes are the window to the soul, then eye movement is a dead giveaway of what a stranger is looking for, as they shift their gaze while talking to you. Upon close observation, you will know that eye movements reveal the difference between love and lust.
Not that we can be totally surprised, because eyes say a lot about someone’s intentions. I mean, look at Crazy Eyes on Orange Is The New Black. There’s a lot to be deduced from her adorably wonky stare.
How can eye movements reveal love or lust intentions?
When a stranger looks into your eyes, it could signal romantic love, but if their eyes slide down your body, they’re probably feeling sexually attracted to you, a new study finds. That’s how eye movement can reveal feelings of love.
This automatic judgment can happen in as little as half a second and likely recruits different networks of activity in the brain.
Stephanie Cacioppo, one of the authors, said:
“Although little is currently known about the science of love at first sight or how people fall in love, these patterns of response provide the first clues regarding how automatic attentional processes, such as eye gaze, may differentiate feelings of love from feelings of desire toward strangers.”
In the study, men and women looked at photographs of strangers and indicated as quickly as possible whether they were feeling romantic love or sexual desire (Bolmont et al., 2014). Some were pictures of couples, others of a single person of the opposite sex. At the same time, eye-tracking equipment followed where they looked in the photographs to detect the eyes of lust and love.
By putting these two pieces of information together, the researchers found that –
- People tended to be looking at the face first, and that’s where the eyes rested when thinking about romantic love.
- When participants felt sexual desire, their gaze quickly shifted down the body.
This explains the difference between the look of love and lust.
Here are the ‘heat maps’ which show where people were looking in the eye-tracking study of love and sexual desire:
When people felt sexual desire, their gaze mainly focused on the faces at first, but the green area below shows their gaze moving southwards. In conclusion, eyes can tell if you are in love or lust.
Love and sexual desire are surprisingly separate processes in both the brain and in people’s life experiences.
“Love is not a prerequisite for sexual desire, and sexual desire does not necessarily lead to love. Love and lust can exist by themselves or in combination, and to any degree.”
In one study of 500 individuals conducted in the mid-1960s by Tennov (1999), 61% of the women and 35% of the men agreed with the statement, “I have been in love without feeling any need for sex,” and 53% of the women and 79% of the men agreed with the statement, “I have been sexually attracted without feeling the slightest trace of love.”
The team is excited about the technique’s usefulness in a whole host of potential psychiatric work, and treatment, as well as further testing interpersonal relationships through things like couple’s therapy.
Your eye movements reveal love or lust intentions. Eyes say a lot about you when it comes to your desire, be it romantic or sexual. So, use that smartly when it comes to the person you are attracted to.
The look of love or lust in your eyes can tell a whole story!
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Bolmont, M., Cacioppo, J.T. and Cacioppo, S., 2014. Love is in the gaze: An eye-tracking study of love and sexual desire. Psychological Science, 25(9), pp.1748-1756.