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In Most Species, Faithfulness Is a Fantasy

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You can accuse the disgraced ex-governor Eliot Spitzer of many things in his decision to flout the law by soliciting the services of a pricey prostitute: hypocrisy, egomania, sophomoric impulsiveness and self-indulgence, delusional ineptitude and boneheadedness. But one trait decidedly not on display in Mr. Spitzer’s splashy act of whole-life catabolism was originality.

Reinventing Date Night for Long-Married Couples

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cartoon book cover on true loveThe New York Times ran the following article. Our comments follow.

Long-married couples often schedule a weekly “date night” — a regular evening out with friends or at a favorite restaurant to strengthen their marital bond.

But brain and behavior researchers say many couples are going about date night all wrong. Simply spending quality time together is probably not enough to prevent a relationship from getting stale.

Keeping Love Alive

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scientist studying loveIn this Wall Street Journal article, scientists look at research on two couples who are admittedly anomalies; they are still in love after ten years of marriage.

Marriage: It's Only Going to Get Worse

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dead CupidWith evidence this clear that there's something different about intimate relationships, it's only a matter of time before some researcher finally begins to consider the role of our mating neurochemistry in our unions.

If your spouse already bugs you now, the future is bleak. New research suggests couples view one another as even more irritating and demanding the longer they are together.

The same trend was not found for relationships with children or friends.

Affairs of the Lips: Why We Kiss


Researchers are revealing hidden complexities behind the simple act of kissing, which relays powerful messages to your brain, body and partner

... researchers were surprised to find that oxytocin levels rose only in the males [while kissing], whereas it decreased in the females, after either kissing or talking while holding hands. They concluded that females ... might, for example, need a more romantic atmosphere than the experimental setting. ... Cortisol levels dropped for both sexes no matter the form of intimacy, a hint that kissing does in fact reduce stress.

Dopamine, Prolactin and Ginkgo Biloba

ratsAs we have been pointing out for years, dopamine and prolactin (which we think of as the "gas" and the "brakes") play key roles in sexual behavior. New research confirms prior findings in this regard. Gingko biloba enhances male copulatory behavior. The dopamine (reward) circuitry is affected; prolactin levels drop.

Ginkgo biloba extract enhances male copulatory behavior and reduces serum prolactin levels in rats