According to new study published in the journal National Academy of Sciences, we are attracted to people whose emotions we can easily understand, rather than just a pretty face. This, researchers say, may be in part due to matching neural circuitry.
Why The Need For Emotional Connection?
“Being able to comprehend another person’s intentions and emotions is essential for successful social interaction,”says study author Silke Anders, a professor of Social and Affective Neuroscience at the University of Lübeck. “To accomplish a common goal, partners must understand and continuously update information about their partner’s current intentions and motivation, anticipate the other’s behavior, and adapt their own behavior accordingly.”