Abstracts on sex, orgasm, and mating
Excellent talk with the latest on the neurochemistry of pair bonding.
This article demonstrates how risky it is to assume humans can manipulate their hormonal balance externally and expect good results. Oxytocin is a powerful hormone, and it makes sense that squirting it into the brain via the nose is a bad idea over time. For years, experiments have been pointing in this direction, but lately, a rash of experts have been ignoring the implications of earlier distasters stemming from long-term administration of oxytocin. Finally, this team did a much needed experiment on long-term effects of oxytocin administration. NOTE: Bonding behaviors allow your brain and body to produce oxytocin just where it's needed, without flooding receptors elsewhere in the manner of a nasal spray.
Hmmm... It's interesting that the scientists looked at "mature" couples, who are known to have less friction in their marriages (on average) due to cultural expectations about marriage in their childhoods. As other researchers concluded in a very large study across different generations (which showed a steady decline in marital happiness until death),
A new study from researchers in Utah finds that a warm touch — the non-sexual, supportive kind — tempers stress and blood pressure, adding to a growing body of research on how emotions affect health.
The study of 34 young married couples ages 20 to 39 by researchers at Brigham Young University in Provo and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City found that massage and other supportive and caring touch lower stress hormones and blood pressure, particularly among men, while also enhancing oxytocin, a hormone thought to calm and counter stress.