Most people have felt infatuated or couldn't stop staring at someone they found attractive.
You could call it a "type," but that doesn't explain why that person caught your eye.
he mechanisms of human attraction are not fully understood," says Alicia A. Walf, PhD, senior lecturer in cognitive science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Understanding human attraction can reveal basic mechanisms of other motivated and rewarding behaviours.
Attraction research can help shed light on other complex aspects of being human, like stress.
Positive human connections are the most powerful tool for reducing stress, so studying human attraction reveals the role of motivated