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Podcast Episode 22: The Science of Love

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This month, we take you all the way from snagging the first date to keeping the romance alive.

Learn about how online daters make decisions, how a short list of questions can bring people together, and why more sex doesn't always lead to more happiness with hosts Julia Talbot-Jones, Joshua Conrad Jackson, Kevin Neibert, and Cameron Spencer.

Listen to the episode on our website or wherever you get your podcasts.

Our Top Summaries This Month


Eating more fish or supplements high in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of sudden death from cardiac events in men, including men without a history of cardiovascular disease. New England Journal of Medicine.
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Stress increases the risk and worsens the outcome of heart attack and stroke in adults who are already susceptible to cardiovascular disease. However, it is a less important factor than smoking or obesity. Nature Reviews Cardiology.
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Women aged 55 and older cited experimentation, intimacy, creativity, and openness to new sexual experiences as factors supporting their sexual pleasure as they aged. Journal of Women & Aging.
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Second generation immigrants born in Canada who feel a sense of belonging to both their country of birth and their cultural heritage have greater well-being than those who lack a sense of belonging to either. Those who feel a sense of belonging to Canada also perceive less negative effects of discrimination on their well-being. International Journal of Intercultural Relations.
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In heterosexual online dating, people pursue partners who are on average 25% more desirable than themselves. The likelihood of receiving a response to a first message decreases when there is a greater difference in desirability. Science Advances.
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Couples who were instructed by researchers to have more sex increased their sexual frequency but reported reduced happiness and enjoyment of sex. This suggests that more sex does not necessarily lead to greater relationship happiness. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
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