Earlier this week the day dedicated to love was celebrated once again.
Is there a reason why some much time is spend either thinking about or dreaming about the potential of love in one’s life?
In other words, is the “myth of love“, the greatest constructed utopia of all time?
Lesson / Koan : The time in love is measureless.
To find out what’s going on in our brains when we fall in “love at first sight,” professor Warren H. Meck, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University has an answer to what is demonstrated in the award winning video “Nuit Blanche“. Meck says it all comes down to chemistry.
Nuit Blanche explores a fleeting moment between two strangers, revealing their brief connection in a hyper real fantasy. Directed by Spy Films‘ Arev Manoukian.
- Prix Ars – Golden Nica Winner
- LG Film Fest. – Grand Prize Winner
- Featured at Siggraph 2010
- Featured in Wired, Motionographer, Stash and Shots Magazine
Apparently, that glance from a stranger across a crowded room triggers the release of a substance called dopamine in the brain’s reward system. And, says Meck, this dopamine boost “motivates us to approach individuals that we are attracted to, while at the same time experiencing feelings of elation, passion and romantic love. … Hence these brain mechanisms make ‘love at first sight’ possible — and even probable under the right circumstances.”
Meck says time seems to stand still when this happens because the same parts of the brain are also involved in timing and time perception. Under normal circumstances, we’re aware of time passing because we’re monitoring the various things going on around us. But the more our senses are engaged by the object of our attention, Meck says, “the less we attend to other features of our environment” and time (and everything else) … seems to slow down or stop.”
Curious about how they made the video? - spyfilms.com – The making of the ”Nuit Blanche”