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Forget about testing for the infidelity gene

couple holding handsAre you a heterosexual woman seeking a monogamous relationship? Have you ever wanted to genetically test a prospective partner for his ability to remain happily monogamous?

If so, don't pin your hopes on a study published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study suggests that men with a particular gene variant are twice as likely as men without it to be bad at "pair bonding." Like so many genetic findings about complex human traits, if replicated, this finding would be of genuine interest. But it wouldn't be remotely enough for a new genetic test of infidelity.

Risk of depression dims hopes for anti-addiction pills

bulletAt this website we share the benefits of strengthening inner equilibrium naturally - and thereby avoiding depression - through careful management of sexual energy. This article demonstrates the risks of turning your wellbeing over to pharmaceutical companies and their clumsy attempts to tamper with the reward circuitry of the brain.

Two years ago, scientists had high hopes for new pills that would help people quit smoking, lose weight and maybe kick other tough addictions like alcohol and cocaine.

In Most Species, Faithfulness Is a Fantasy

infidelity pictureFrom the New York Times
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.

Affairs of the Lips: Why We Kiss

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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.

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