Safety: What’s Love Got To Do with It?

Special Valentines Day Edition!   

Here is the scenario:   A worker starts making mistakes on the job.  He forgets his safety glasses.  He can’t focus on the task in front of him.   Do you

a.   Drug test him?

b. Ask him if he just started dating?

Research is showing that falling in love really is like a drug. In fact the first stages of attraction affect the same parts of the brain as opiates.   In one recent study scientists took a group of volunteers who had been in love for less than six months.  They were given  a number of different facts and told to figure out which ones were important and which ones were irrelevant.   The love-struck participants had a hard time telling the difference between important and irrelevant information.  The conclusion was that they had a harder time paying attention and focusing on the task in front of them.

“When you have just become involved in a romantic relationship you’ll probably find it harder to focus on other things because you spend a large part of your cognitive resources on thinking of your beloved,” Henk Van Steenbergen says.

So if one of your co-workers starts talking about meeting the love of his life, you might want to keep him away from sharp objects for a while.

By the way, if you have a teenager, you already knew this and it didn’t take a study to prove it.


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