Monday, February 11, 2013

The Science of Love

The research of romance; the mechanics of relationship; the facts of attraction... 

Krykee. It kinda takes all the fun out of it, don't it? Plus, Evidence-based tips for Valentine's; and Why Men Love Breasts. (all safe-for-work, of course)

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Italian researchers confirm that 'sex chemistry lasts two years,' - with her smart phone bill increasing exponentially after that, and his socks perennially lying on the floor.

OK. I made up that last part. It's fake, but accurate.
"The Italian researchers tested the levels of the hormones called neutrophins in the blood of volunteers who were rated on a passionate love scale. Levels of these chemical messengers were much higher in those who were in the early stages of romance. Testosterone was also found to increase in love-struck women, but to reduce in men when they are in love.

But in people who had been with their partners for between one and two years these so-called "love molecules" had gone, even though the relationship had survived.

The scientists found that the lust molecule was replaced by the so-called "cuddle hormone" - oxytocin - in couples who had been together for several years."  


Evidence-based tips for Valentine's.  
"Need to woo a partner in time for Valentine's? Follow these simple, evidence-based instructions for boosting your irresistibility ..."
Rule number one: Don't over analyze it.

 Three Four Stages of Falling in Love:
1) Lust
2) Attraction
3) Attachment
4) How to write an ironclad pre-nup agreement




New Theory on Why Men Love Breasts (because 30,000 years of anecdotal experience is still a monumental mammary mystery):
"Larry Young, a professor of psychiatry at Emory University who studies the neurological basis of complex social behaviors, thinks human evolution has harnessed an ancient neural circuit that originally evolved to strengthen the mother-infant bond during breast-feeding, and now uses this brain circuitry to strengthen the bond between couples as well. The result? Men, like babies, love breasts."
So, does that apply to women, too, and why do men have nipples, smart guy?

I think Mark Twain had a far better explanation: "Man is the Only Animal that blushes. Or needs to."

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