How to Find Out if He or She Loves You
Ladies, want to know if you man is really in love? Go for a walk!
Cara Wall-Scheffler and her colleagues from Seattle Pacific University crunched the numbers and found that males tend to slow down by about 7 percent when he walks with the woman he loves.
The Washington-based research team analyzed the walking speed of 11 men and 11 women as they walked around a track either alone, with friends of the same and opposite sex, and with a significant other holding hands or hands-free, TIME reports.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that when walking with women, men significantly slowed their pace to their romantic, female partner. But when a man walked with their friends, the pace did not significantly change for anyone. Women, in contrast, only slightly changed their pace when walking with their male partner.
Other scientific studies have elaborated on how the human body changes when we are in love.
- Sweaty palms, a racing pulse, light-headedness -- there's a noticeable chemical change when we are in lala-land. TheFrisky.com writes how scientists have discovered that phenethylamine, dopamine, and oxytocin are secreted when we are initially attracted to someone. Those feel-good chemicals keep our mood elevated, senses extra alert, and make lovers want to bond with each other.
- According to a Fox News report, the hormone norepinephrine generates a more rapid heart rate and facial flushing when a person of affection is near. Those butterfly feelings are also real -- the hormone can also lead to difficulty talking or stomach problems.
- Experts have compared being in love to being completely crazy. TheFrisky.com cites a 2005 study published in The Psychologist that people in love exhibit symptoms that fall under several categories of mental illness. The reason why you may do abnormal things -- like give extravagant gifts or stay up all night thinking about someone -- are similar to symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.