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Saying 'I love you' on Valentine’s Day: One dozen ways

valentines021412_optADELE SAMMARCO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

When love is in the air, can biology be at work?

Researchers say there is a science behind attraction where there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to matters of the heart.

On Valentine’s Day, it just may be the appropriate time to tackle the psychology behind love, sex and lust and perhaps even debunk a few myths in the process.

Fact or myth number one:

Do men think about sex more than women?

In this age of technology, social media and women achievers climbing the corporate latter to join their male counterparts in the career arena, coupled with Sex and the City re-runs, women have been shown to put forth a healthy appetite for sex without strings attached, a character trait usually set aside for alpha males.

Recent research by scientists at Ohio University found that on average, young men think about sex every 40 minutes while young women, on the other hand, were discovered to have had desirable thoughts nearly an hour longer, lasting 90 minutes.

Is there a science behind smell?

It’s widely-known that pheromones are chemicals secreted by the body that may trigger a social response in members of the opposite sex. There are even certain perfumes and colognes on the market one can buy that are specifically scented to luring a mate.

According to Swedish folklore, in order to attract love, one is to carry an apple under their armpit for a day, then give it to their intended.

In an interview with Britain's Telegraph, Dr. Peter Brennan, an expert in olfactory processing at Bristol University in England said, “We humans have very smelly armpit regions capable of producing molecules that it is difficult to see the function of, other than sexual signaling.”

In addition, a 1998 study from the University of New Mexico found that during fertile times, women preferred the smell of a well-proportioned, symmetrical man.

Is love truly in the eye of the beholder?

In 1991, Swedish zoologists discovered a relationship between the attractiveness of male barn owls to females and the symmetry of their feathers.

The zoologists found that symmetry became a marker for genetic fitness after experiencing asymmetric appearances in animals were commonly associated with a higher level of mutation.

A study by biologist Randy Thornhill suggested that women even have more orgasms when their partner’s features are symmetrical, or well-proportioned.



 

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