There’s No Such Thing As ‘Love At First Sight,’ A New Study Claims

First Posted: Aug 23, 2016 07:57 AM EDT

Do you believe in love at first sight? Well, a new study claims that love at first sight is nothing but a myth and that two people need to meet at least four times before falling for each other.

According to the study conducted by a team of researchers Hamilton College, New York, people often find themselves enticed to individuals after meeting them a couple of times, even when there was no initial attraction between them. For the study, the research team showed 122 pictures of people's faces to a group of 22 young men and women, reported Daily Mail.

In the next step, the researchers asked the participants to score the pictures on a scale of nine. They wired the participants' brain to monitor the activity. The participants were shown the same pictures again but in a different order. Interestingly, it was found that when the snaps were shown to the participants for the second time, they found the same faces extra-appealing and gave them higher scores than the first-time round, reported AskMen.

In fact, during the third viewing, the attraction was even stronger. The strongest attraction was reported during the fourth round. It was found that the more times people saw faces, the more brain wave activity associated with excitement took place. It appeared that the more familiar the face became, the more attractive it became.

Psychologist Dr Ravi Thiruchselvam from the Hamilton Collegein New York said "Much to their surprise, people often find themselves drawn to individuals after multiple encounters, even when there was no initial attraction. Cupid's arrow is often slow to strike." He added that an important part of the phenomenon may be attributable to the gradual change in attractiveness from repetition.

Do you agree with the study findings? Do you think love at first sight is a myth? Let us know in the comments below.

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