Have you been told to always keep some mystery in your relationship? If so, bin this tip because it’s not good advice.
According to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, people are more likely to find someone more attractive if the person’s emotions are easy to read.
The study explains, “Humans interacting with other humans must be able to understand their interaction partner’s affect and motivations, often without words.” The researchers asked participants to watch different people experiencing different emotions. The better they thought they could read and understand the other person’s emotion, the more they felt attracted towards that person. “Being able to comprehend another person’s intentions and emotions is essential for successful social interaction… Here we show that the degree to which a person feels attracted to another person can change while they observe the other’s affective behavior, and that these changes depend on the observer’s confidence in having correctly understood the other’s affective state.”
From a sociobiological standpoint, the study shows that one might expect that “evolution has favored a neural mechanism that permits individuals to select other individuals as their cooperation partners whose behavior and communication signals they can easily decode.” However, the neural mechanisms that control human interpersonal attraction and the selction of “cooperation partners” is not understood yet.
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