Why Do You Kiss With Your Eyes Closed?
Let’s begin at the beginning. Why would anyone kiss in the first place?
As it turns out, 90 percent of the human population practices kissing behaviors without having cross-cultural contact with other kissers. Animals rub noses with other animals, and some make the same kissing gestures that humans do. So, kissing may be a vestigial instinctive behavior, according to Your Tango Experts. Kissing could be reminiscent of mother animals or humans passing on chewed food to toothless babies, or pigeons placing digested food into squabs’ beaks. Romantically uninspiring, don’t you think?
But here’s an interesting take on it. Sniffing may have a bearing upon kissing.
Sniffing out a quality mate is not only a trademark of canine culture. Science.org pontificates that we kiss to sniff out a potential mate. Our pheromones trade off vital biological information when our faces touch. In fact, here opposites seem to attract. Women are reported to prefer the scent of a man whose genes for immune system proteins vary from their own. If the match moves along, the offspring will have a good chance of strong immune systems and so survive.
But why do we close our eyes when we kiss? That could possibly foil the aim of the food-processing mothers and the sniffers, wouldn’t it?
According to Independent News, psychologists believe they know why people close their eyes when they kiss, and it is not at all related to feeding behaviors or sniffing.
A study was made on vision and tactile sensory experience at Royal Hollaway, University of London. Two cognitive psychologists, Sandra Murphy and Polly Dalton, found that “tactile awareness depends on the level of perceptual load in a concurrent visual task.” This is a bit of information-overload suggesting that, with pleasant tactile experiences, people may just want to forgo visual experience and focus on the issue at hand. The lips have many sensual nerves that stimulate the brain.