Science says love at first sight is real

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According to new research, whether it is love or lust is all in the eyes.

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New research has confirmed that there is such a thing as love at first sight, and it is all given away in the eyes.

In a study carried out by the University of Chicago, researchers found a person's eye gaze faltered according to whether they had lust or love on the brain.

If a person registers someone as a potential love interest, they will focus their gaze on the face, whereas those with only lusty desires will look at the body. It might sound obvious, but the altering of gaze is only fleeting.

"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," noted lead author Stephanie Cacioppo.

Cacioppo has also previously identified that different parts of the brain are activated by love and lust.

This is good news for romantics as a poll carried out by TheLoveBuggy.com back in 2012 found that 72% of Brits believed in love at first sight.

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