Eyes say if it’s love or lust
A person’s eye patterns may provide clues as to whether he or she is experiencing feelings of love or lust, according to a new study.
Scientists from the University of Geneva in Switzerland recruited male and female university students, who were shown two series of black-and-white photos of strangers. The first set of photos showed young, adult heterosexual couples interacting with each other, and the second set showed photos of attractive people of the opposite sex making direct eye contact with the camera. The participants sat at a computer while being shown the photos and were asked to quickly decide whether the people in the photos made them feel sexual desire or romantic love.
The results of the study, published in the journal Psychological Science, showed that both male and female participants’ eye movements shifted when they reported feeling sexual desire, while participants’ eyes tended to fixate on the photographed people’s eyes when they reported feeling romantic love. Researchers said that their findings could have implications in a clinical setting, particularly in couples therapy when trying to differentiate between emotions of lust or love.