The reason you like gazing into your lover's eyes may be because you used to gaze into your mother's eyes when you were an infant, since this released a comforting brain hormone, which is also stimulated by touches and hugs. And what if those eyes you're gazing into are blue?
Researchers have learned that the brain chemical oxytocin is released through touch between mother-infant and male-female pair bonds. It is released during hugging and pleasant physical touch, and may actually change the brain in a way that helps human social behavior.
Researcher Kai MacDonald says, "That's why oxytocin is sometimes called 'the love hormone.' It's said that the eyes are the window to the soul?they certainly are the window to the emotional brain. We know that the eye-to-eye communication?which is affected by oxytocin?is critical to intimate emotional communication for all kind of emotions?love, fear, trust, anxiety."
People with schizophrenia or autism often avoid eye-to-eye gaze, focus on less relevant areas of the face, and avoid meaningful social contact. Perhaps oxytocin could be administered to these patients to help these disorders.
If you're gazing into blue eyes, scientists have discovered that these can all be traced to a common ancestor.
A single genetic mutation that occurred between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago led to blue eyes. In LiveScience.com, Jeanna Bryner quotes researcher Hans Eiberg as saying, "Originally, we all had brown eyes. A genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a 'switch,' which literally 'turned off' the ability to produce brown eyes."
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