Ever wondered why we smooch with our eyes closed? Well, science has explained, people.
You know the score – you’re leaning in for a kiss, and your eyes immediately close in reaction. Because staring each other out whilst kissing is just weird, right?
Well, actually, it’s not a politeness issue that causes us to close our peepers. It’s more to do with concentrating on the task at hand.
According to psychologists who carried out a study on vision and tactile sensory experience at Royal Holloway University, the brain finds it tricky to process another sense (like the feeling of being kissed) whilst the eyes are open and receiving visual stimuli.
To test this, the study gave people visual tasks to complete whilst their tactle senses were recorded.
For example, participants were asked to undergo tasks that involved searching for letters, at varying degrees of difficulty. At the same time, small vibrations were applied to one of their hands and their responses measured.
The results, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, found that as their eyes did more work, their tactile response was less.
This makes kissing with our eyes closed a no-brainer – because when we’re engaged in sexy activities, we want to focus on touch, rather than other distracting sensory experiences such as looking at things.