Passionate lovers may  have diminished focus
Passionate lovers may  have diminished focus

London : Love may not only make you blind but also cause you to lose focus! People who are in love are less able to focus and to perform tasks that require attention, a new study has found, according to PTI. 

Forty-three participants who had been in a relationship for less than half a year performed a number of tasks during which they had to discriminate irrelevant from relevant information as soon as possible.
It appeared that the more in love they were, the less able they were to ignore the irrelevant information. Love intensity thus was related to how well someone is able to focus. There was no difference between men and women.
The participants listened to music that elicited romantic feelings and thought of a romantic event to intensify their love feelings. Participants also completed a questionnaire that was used to assess the intensity of their love feelings.
The results of the study by Henk van Steenbergen and colleagues from Leiden University and the University of Maryland differed from results from previous studies. Previous studies showed that the ability to ignore distracting information is required to maintain a long-term romantic relationship.
Being able to control oneself (also called “cognitive control”) and to resist temptations that could threaten the relationship is essential in long-term love, researchers said. In the study, the participants had become involved in a romantic relationship only a few months ago.
“When you have just become involved in a romantic relationship you’ll probably find it harder to focus on other things because you spend a large part of your cognitive resources on thinking of your beloved,” Van Steenbergen said. For long-lasting love it seems crucial to have proper cognitive control.

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