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The Sciences

A Kiss To Build A Year On (and the science behind it!)

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumDecember 29, 2010 9:04 PM

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I had an article in Sunday's Washington Post entitled, Sealed with a kiss - and neuroscience. It begins:

A kiss at midnight to ring in the new year. That's what Friday night should bring, right? It's tradition, compulsion, festive duty. An excuse to make a bold move with someone new, a reason to be anxious about finding a date or a chance to celebrate with a longtime love. And there's pressure to get it right. There is a scientific basis for those high stakes. Whom you kiss can set the course for a good year. Really. It's not magic - it's chemistry and neuroscience. And no matter how painstakingly you set the scene, in the end chemistry trumps mood music. From a scientific perspective, a kiss is a natural litmus test to help us identify a good partner. Start the first moments of 2011 with the right one, and you're beginning the year on a natural high. Just what is it that makes kissing such a powerful and significant part of the human experience?

Read the full piece at WashPo...

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