The Science Behind Closing Your Eyes When You Kiss

Have you ever noticed that when you're really trying to savor food, you close your eyes? Or that you shut your eyes when you're really trying to appreciate a song? When you're focused on one sense, you don't want the other senses to interfere with it.

Well, it turns out you might be doing the same thing when you make out with someone.

When you're going in for the kill, your eyes seem to close automatically—and it's not because you're afraid of seeing the other person's face too closely or coming off as creepy with wide-open eyes. According to a new study from psychologists at Royal Holloway at the University of London, it's more likely because, subconsciously, you don't want anything visual to take away from your tactile experience.

In other words: you feel things better—like all that commotion on your lips (and tongue?)—when you can’t see.

To come to this conclusion, the researchers asked volunteers to complete a visual test while also administering a vibration to the left or right hand. Interestingly, they found that the harder the puzzle, the less likely the subjects were able to sense the vibration. Conversely, the less challenging the visual task, the more likely they were to notice the buzz.

And they theorize that the results of the study could be applied to kissing, too. Basically, keeping your eyes shut might make it easier to experience the chill-inducing magic of a kiss. But if you feel the urge to look around during a kiss, maybe your brain is trying to tell you that it's a bad one.

Sure, it's just a theory, but why not test it out with a little smooch sesh tonight? In the name of science!

(h/t The Independent)

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