The Neuroscience of Dating and Ice Cream
Yes, I did get some ice cream on Mountain Day. More than I should have eaten. But I had to eat it, you understand, because I didn’t want to flout our school’s sacred traditions. 🙂
On the other hand, I didn’t get much else done. And my classes have to come first, which is why I haven’t blogged for a few days.
I had a nice date last night, including a chance to put my neuroscience education to good use. After dinner and conversation, my date initiated contact, so I stimulated his parasympathetic nervous system. That made him very agreeable and focused on the situation at hand.
Then, I gradually activated his sympathetic nervous system until it finally overwhelmed his parasympathetic nervous system. That put a big smile on his face and he got kind of sleepy while I wiped off my hand with a tissue. It was sticky because I ate a piece of candy. Why? What did you think I meant?
As for me, my amygdala was nice and happy so everything was okay there, too. I don’t believe that my date knew any of the relevant neuroscience, but it all worked fine anyway.
And now, I have another hour or two of studying before bed. Ttys!
Copyright 2009 by Rinth de Shadley.