Dating machine game
In this piece, we take the spirit of “Brain Games” to the world of internet dating, to find out what happens to our brains when we use dating apps and other tools of modern romance.
Love in the Time of Tech Those among us who are, let’s say, less than technologically savvy, are often appalled by the current dating scene.
Your Brain When You Swipe In our everyday lives, we make split second decisions based on very little information.
Of course, this is how millions of seekers engage with dating apps such as Tinder and OKCupid’s Quickmatches.
While the role of dopamine in our complex brain’s functions may be overstated in pop culture’s understanding of neurological science, it does play a role in, among other things, romantic love.
A study by James Burkett and Larry Young titled “The Behavioral, Anatomical and Pharmacological Parallels Between Social Attachment, Love, and Addiction,” reveals the significance of dopamine in mammalian pair bonding: When the researchers blocked dopamine receptors in the nucleus accumbens (NA) of prairie voles (small monogamous rodents), the animals did not pair up together and mate.
” The results found two main brain areas to be predictive of whether an individual would be pursued or rejected.
an excuse to drop some booty on the science pages,” he wrote.
National Geographic Channel’s “Brain Games” takes viewers inside the workings of the mind, with fascinating experiments and interactive games designed to unlock the mysteries of our brains.
Host Jason Silva gets help from neuroscientists and cognitive experts in his quest to help us all better understand, well, us.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience may help us understand what’s going on in the brain when we decide to swipe a certain way; that is to say, if we’re interested or disinterested in a future connection with any given person.
While undergoing brain imaging, participants in the study were shown a photo of a person and then given 4 seconds to respond to the question: “How much would you like to date this person?