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.
But wherever there is deep learning, such as the interaction with Tinder or a slot machine, our brains are functionally changing.
It’s a plastic organ, always on the ready to adapt.
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?
It activates when we inject heroin, have an orgasm, and of course, when we love someone. That’s why neuroscientist Vaughn Bell once called it the Kim Kardashian of neurotransmitters, “…
If you don’t know what you’re going to get and when, then that brings about the most perseverating kinds of behavior, which are really the most addictive.”“You build up this anticipation,” she explains, “that anticipation grows and there is a kind of release of sorts when you get a reward: a jackpot, a ding-ding-ding, a match.”Is it really sex or the sensation of winning some kind of jackpot that we’re after?In contrast, when dopamine in the NA was activated, the voles enacted pair bonding even if no actual mating occurred.While this experiment demonstrates the role of dopamine in partnering, human beings remain far more complex than rodents bred in a lab for the sole purpose of mating.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.