This is the real reason we close our eyes when we kiss

Publish Date
Friday, 7 July 2017, 12:04PM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Ever wonder why you automatically close your eyes whenever you have a pash? Or why it can feel a bit weird when you open your eyes mid-makeout?

The Debrief has featured a study that answers just why we close our eyes to pucker up. Psychologists Polly Dalton and Sandra Murphy, whose research was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, have said that it's really hard for our brain to focus on our other senses if our sense of vision is distracting us. Because of this, we need to close our eyes when we kiss so we can actually enjoy the way it feels physically.

The two psychologists discovered this by asking a group of participants to do different letter-searching tasks. As they performed the tasks, a small vibration was applied to their hands.

From this, it was found that when they were doing trickier letter-searching tasks, they didn't feel the vibrations as strongly because their eyes were busier focusing on the task at hand. 

And this is the same deal when we kiss. It just won't feel as physically good if your eyes are roaming about and getting distracted from the other sensations.