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In 2010, Dr. Stephanie Ortigue led a group of researchers at Syracuse to conduct a meta-analysis of all scientific research about love. The findings were published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine and included observations of participants in fMRI machines. In that particular section, they identified 12 areas of the brain that can start lighting up and transmitting chemicals just a mere .2 seconds after seeing someone.
This is arguably the best scientific indication of "love at first sight." Here, Julian argues that, neurologically speaking, this sensation and the sensation of pure lust are essentially one and the same. Ortigue's made the case that our sense of love essentially grows out of lust, as the brain enriches the memory of that sensation overtime.
Love in 0.2 seconds (Nature)
"The research was conducted mainly through the use of functional magnetic imaging, or fMRI. This tool is used to spot brain activity by looking at blood flow levels in the brain. This cutting-edge technology is used in hospitals to help diagnose brain diseases, but is also used to assist scientists study thoughts and feelings like love in a person."
The Fascinating Science Behind Love at First Sight (Byrdie)
"Love at first sight is hard to explain. Some people swear they've fallen prey to its mystical power, while others chalk it up to folklore and too many viewings of Baz Luhrman's Romeo & Juliet. We tend to gravitate towards the latter category, being the doubting, scientific-minded realists we are."