Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Thrill Is Gone

If you're part of a longterm monogamous couple trying to rekindle lost romance, you'll be disappointed to learn that each separate dying ember had wrought its ghost upon the floor since the one-year-in point:
The University of Pavia found a brain chemical was likely to be responsible for the first flush of love.

Researchers said raised levels of a protein was linked to feelings of euphoria and dependence experienced at the start of a relationship.

But after studying people in long and short relationships and single people, they found the levels receded in time.

. . . .

Of the 39 people who were still in the same new relationship after a year, the levels of NGF had been reduced to normal levels.

. . . .

Dr Lance Workman, head of psychology at Bath Spa University, said: "Research has suggested that romantic love fades after a few years and becomes companionate love and it seems certain biological factors play a role."

Link (via Sploid). Maybe the desire of old and busted couples to replevy their depleted pro(mance)tein is an explanation for the trendy new "managed monogamy."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you say Bath Spa University? Why didn't I go there???

~Mrs. G. R.

12:27 PM  
Blogger The Good Reverend said...

Not as cool as it sounds, perhaps.

4:34 PM  

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