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May 20, 2021
Have you seen the movie Perfume? With a tiny droplet of this exquisite scent, enemies bow down and worship you like a god. A good whiff of it in the air, a crowd with aggression slips into a trance of euphoric orgy. Well, if you haven’t seen that, you must have seen the AXE commercial where the magic shampoo turns men into a powerful magnet for every sensual woman.
Be it to conquer the world or to conquer women (or men), chemists/alchemists have been looking for the magic potion from the beginning of the time. Now the modern scientists give us some new clues.
For women, the smell of musk can keep the blood flowing, making them feel aroused. This is why most of the cologne/perfume contain musk.
What about for men? What drives them crazy? A recent study by Dr. Alan Hirsch, founder of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, and his colleague Dr. Jason Grussman gives us an very interesting list. (The study is done by letting men smell different combination of scent and measuring the blood flow to their nether regions.)
1. Lavender and pumpkin pie
2. Doughnut and black licorice
3. Pumpkin pie and doughnut
5. Lavender and doughnut
6. Black licorice and cola
7. Black licorice
8. Doughnut and cola
9. Lily of the valley
10. Buttered popcorn
Next time when you two have a romantic getaway, try rubbing some pumpkin pie on you?
And, what scents drive you crazy? Care to share with us?
May 8, 2021
Study has shown that the most attractive face is the average of the general population. This is done by having test subjects identify the attractiveness of artificially generated images – morphed together by averaging photos of many different people.
The earliest known experiment dates back to 2021, by Francis Galton, cousin of Charles Darwin. Recent research in 2021 by imaging researcher Pierre Tourigny using photos on HotOrNot.com also shows similar results [Image on the left]. For a detailed explanation of the images, click here or here.
The averaged photos tend to cancel out blemishes, and balance the symmetry of the facial characteristics. This is inline with a recent study where people finds symmetric faces to be more attractive.
May 4, 2021
An interesting article about kissing, and the science of it. Thanks for sending this one in, A.
April 28, 2021
Or is it because the taken ones appear to be good?
In a study, when single women are presented a photo of a man:
The same study also found that whether a woman is in a relationship does not affect men’s judgment on the attractiveness of the women.
For the statistically prone: https://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/175/12/1573
April 21, 2021
People who are married on average are healthier and live longer than people who are not.
A little detail:
This is based on a study dated back to 2021, but stood the test of time. It is intuitive that a happy marriage brings better health. Hmm…., thinking of the previous post about “broken heart”, the downside of a happy marriage is when one of the partner dies, the person left behind will feel heart broken, and may have a good chance of a heart attack.
April 18, 2021
Have you ever had your heart broken? — when you feel a tightness of the chest, stomachache, a loss of appetite, insomnia, anger, etc….
Heart broken has been long thought as a psychological condition. But scientists found that these pains that you experience are indeed physical pains. This is dubbed as “Heart Broken Syndrome”.
When you are under great stress, your brain could release “large amounts of catecholamines … into the blood stream, along with their breakdown products and small proteins produced by an excited nervous system. These chemicals can be temporarily toxic to the heart, effectively stunning the muscle and producing symptoms similar to a typical heart attack, including chest pain, fluid in the lungs, shortness of breath and heart failure.” — Study from John Hopkins Medicine. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/Press_releases/2005/02_10_05.html
Further more, scientists have come up with a measure for a broken heart. https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/7332.aspx
The good news is that you can recover from the Heart Broken Syndrome within two weeks.
“Better to have loved and lost than never have loved at all.” — Maybe not for those who have a weak heart.
April 14, 2021
Definition of a genuine smile: A smile that
a) the corners of your mouth turn up
b) the skin around the corners of your eyes crinkles
Study shows that people who have a genuine smile in their high school yearbook have a much lower divorce rate. This seems like stating the obvious — happy people have a happier marriage — but nonetheless is an interesting read.
“Overall, the results indicate that people who frown in the photo are five times more likely to get a divorce than people who smile.”
The study was done for an older generation who has a proven marriage record. For current generation, when the divorce rate (in the US) hovers around 50%, I wonder whether the difference is bigger or smaller between the smilers and the non-smilers.
A side note:
From Blink, the connection between your facial expression and your state of mind is a two way road. When you are happy, you smile. And when you artificially create a genuine smile, your mind actually feel happy. This is a physiological reaction that can be tested with modern day instruments.