Here's an interesting experiment where a series of strangers, two at a time, were asked to pose in affectionate stances for a photo. At first the people felt awkward, but after touching each other in that way using body language that suggested closeness and caring, most of them started to feel a change come over them. http://www.truth-code.com/2016/05/two-strangers-were-asked-to-pose-in.html
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Intense, Passionate, Romantic Love: A Natural Addiction? How the Fields That Investigate Romance and Substance Abuse Can Inform Each Other (Full study) The authors suggest ways of tapping this circuitry to help heal addiction. Excerpts:
[Quanta Magazine - Kind of a weird title, but otherwise interesting.]
A specific set of neurons deep in the brain may motivate us to seek company, holding social species together.
In Cupid's Poisoned Arrow, I mentioned that pair bonders (like us humans) appear to be more vulnerable to drugs and alcohol abuse (not to mention internet porn over use) because of the unique sensitivity of pair bonders' reward circuitry.
Here's a link: https://mega.nz/#!4QZlkCKC And here's the key: !X25sDz7z6V6146XbER8aSKYyj6m1PEJprcr6sw9vnb0 Sorry for the weird link. Didn't get to read it yet, but how's this for mainstream, eh? Edit: Oh, and this might not be exactly legal, please take the post down if there's a problem. It's legal in my country if you just link to stuff you found, and I didn't upload this myself.
Edit edit: I have read it now. Nothing we haven't seen before, but it's Time Magazine man! Time Magazine!
From the other room, she mumbles....my Izzy is more a mumbler these days.
Me: You think you'll wear the antique dress?
She: I think I'll wear my (shoe) inserts
Always confirm your beliefs!
My favorite joke from a birthday card Izzy's brother gave me, best when performed live with 2 elder friends. Three guys walking on a beach:
First guy: It's windy today
Second: No, I think it's Thursday
Third: Me too, let's get a beer!
This study is actually very weak, and is not well designed as far as the interests of this forum go. It mixes intercourse and masturbation (in its definition of "sex") for starters. And subjects only had to have had sex once in the last 12 months to be included. And it did nothing to rule out the obvious question of which way causation runs. That is, one would expect younger healthier folks to have more sex...because they are healthier and more vigorous. So the headlines about this rather weak finding of an association are irresponsibly exaggerated. ("Fight dementia?" Really??