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Thread started 02/13/09 8:31pm

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Who u gonna kiss today? It may lead to.....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/a..._unraveled


Kisses unleash chemicals that ease stress levels
By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer Randolph E. Schmid, Ap Science Writer Fri Feb 13, 6:22 pm ET

CHICAGO – "Chemistry look what you've done to me," Donna Summer crooned in Science of Love, and so, it seems, she was right. Just in time for Valentine's Day, a panel of scientists examined the mystery of what happens when hearts throb and lips lock. Kissing, it turns out, unleashes chemicals that ease stress hormones in both sexes and encourage bonding in men, though not so much in women.

Chemicals in the saliva may be a way to assess a mate, Wendy Hill, dean of the faculty and a professor of neuroscience at Lafayette College, told a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Friday.

In an experiment, Hill explained, pairs of heterosexual college students who kissed for 15 minutes while listening to music experienced significant changes in their levels of the chemicals oxytocin, which affects pair bonding, and cortisol, which is associated with stress. Their blood and saliva levels of the chemicals were compared before and after the kiss.

Both men and women had a decline in cortisol after smooching, an indication their stress levels declined.

For men, oxytocin levels increased, indicating more interest in bonding, while oxytocin levels went down in women. "This was a surprise," Hill said.

In a test group that merely held hands, chemical changes were similar, but much less pronounced, she said.

The experiment was conducted in a student health center, Hill noted. She plans a repeat "in a more romantic setting."

Hill spoke at the session on the Science of Kissing, along with Helen Fisher of Rutgers University and Donald Lateiner of Ohio Wesleyan University.

Fisher noted that more than 90 percent of human societies practice kissing, which she believes has three components — the sex drive, romantic love and attachment.

The sex drive pushes individuals to assess a variety of partners, then romantic love causes them to focus on an individual, she said. Attachment then allows them to tolerate this person long enough to raise a child.

Men tend to think of kissing as a prelude to copulation, Fisher said. She noted that men prefer "sloppy" kisses, in which chemicals including testosterone can be passed on to the women in saliva. Testosterone increases the sex drive in both males and females.

"When you kiss an enormous part of your brain becomes active," she added. Romantic love can last a long time, "if you kiss the right person."

Lateiner, a classical scholar, observed that kissing appears infrequently in Greek and Roman art, but was widely practiced, despite the spread of skin disease at that time by facial kissing. And there was a potential for social faux pas by kissing the wrong person at the wrong time.

Overall, the science of kissing — philematology — is under-researcherd, Hill concluded.

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Reply #1 posted 02/13/09 8:35pm

hokie

Yeah. I always thought this. I have someone to kiss, but he's not close by.


sad
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Reply #2 posted 02/13/09 8:38pm

ArielB

sad
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Reply #3 posted 02/13/09 9:08pm

thekidsgirl

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I need to kiss more often! No wonder I'm always so stressed and sleep deprived!
If you will, so will I
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Reply #4 posted 02/13/09 9:12pm

ArielB

thekidsgirl said:

I need to kiss more often! No wonder I'm always so stressed and sleep deprived!

You can start with this booty!
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Reply #5 posted 02/13/09 9:35pm

thekidsgirl

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ArielB said:

thekidsgirl said:

I need to kiss more often! No wonder I'm always so stressed and sleep deprived!

You can start with this booty!


No! but if you're going to be bent over spank!!
If you will, so will I
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Reply #6 posted 02/13/09 9:36pm

PanthaGirl

It will be a few months for my kiss cause my valentine lives in Barbados he's so far away fallinluv
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Reply #7 posted 02/13/09 9:37pm

Mysterioso

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I'm going to kiss myself. I need a mirror. JEROME!
This sig is just a fig of your imago-neigh-shun
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Reply #8 posted 02/13/09 9:38pm

hokie

PanthaGirl said:

It will be a few months for my kiss cause my valentine lives in Barbados he's so far away fallinluv



Oh my! That is far.

How often do you see him?
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Reply #9 posted 02/13/09 9:39pm

JessieJ

I won't be kissing anyone hrmph
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Reply #10 posted 02/13/09 9:41pm

hokie

JessieJ said:

I won't be kissing anyone hrmph



What happened to Cesar?
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Reply #11 posted 02/13/09 9:43pm

thekidsgirl

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JessieJ said:

I won't be kissing anyone hrmph



me neither

so uh, here's on for you--> kotc

shrug I know it's not the same lol
If you will, so will I
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Reply #12 posted 02/13/09 9:45pm

JessieJ

hokie said:

JessieJ said:

I won't be kissing anyone hrmph



What happened to Cesar?

Woman, where have you been!? He and I broke up over 2 months ago. I'm not kissin' that fool neutral
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Reply #13 posted 02/13/09 9:46pm

JessieJ

thekidsgirl said:

JessieJ said:

I won't be kissing anyone hrmph



me neither

so uh, here's on for you--> kotc

shrug I know it's not the same lol

mushy kiss2
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Reply #14 posted 02/13/09 9:46pm

PanthaGirl

hokie said:

PanthaGirl said:

It will be a few months for my kiss cause my valentine lives in Barbados he's so far away fallinluv



Oh my! That is far.

How often do you see him?


Not too often lol I met him a year ago in Barbados he's my closest friend. I last saw him 3 months ago. Because of distance taking it all one step at a time.
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Reply #15 posted 02/13/09 9:47pm

PanthaGirl

Mysterioso said:

I'm going to kiss myself. I need a mirror. JEROME!


lol
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Reply #16 posted 02/13/09 9:48pm

hokie

JessieJ said:

hokie said:




What happened to Cesar?

Woman, where have you been!? He and I broke up over 2 months ago. I'm not kissin' that fool neutral



Where have I been? Busy. Kids, work, school. nuts
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Reply #17 posted 02/13/09 9:51pm

JessieJ

hokie said:

JessieJ said:


Woman, where have you been!? He and I broke up over 2 months ago. I'm not kissin' that fool neutral



Where have I been? Busy. Kids, work, school. nuts

lol hug
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Reply #18 posted 02/13/09 10:48pm

japanrocks

now i know why i like kissing so much

i always thought i was kinda like a girl for liking it so much

but now i feel more comfortable
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Reply #19 posted 02/13/09 11:04pm

ArielB

hokie said:

JessieJ said:


Woman, where have you been!? He and I broke up over 2 months ago. I'm not kissin' that fool neutral



Where have I been? Busy. Kids, work, school. nuts

And me.

AND ME!!!!!


mad


mushy
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Reply #20 posted 02/13/09 11:26pm

amorbella

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ill kiss whomever wants me
to smootch them today....
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Say it's just a dream...
U open up ur eyes and come 2 realize
u simply imagined this
So u lean over and give her a kiss
Here on earth, here on earth,
with u it's not so bad
Here on earth, here on earth
eye don't feel so sad
Stay right here
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Reply #21 posted 02/14/09 1:53am

veronikka

no one! pout
Rhythm floods my heart♥The melody it feeds my soul
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Reply #22 posted 02/18/09 7:42am

Serious

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PanthaGirl said:

It will be a few months for my kiss cause my valentine lives in Barbados he's so far away fallinluv

comfort I can relate.
With a very special thank you to Tina: Is hammer already absolute, how much some people verändern...ICH hope is never so I will be! And if, then I hope that I would then have wen in my environment who joins me in the A....
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Reply #23 posted 02/18/09 7:48am

JustErin

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Kissing is a HUGE deal to me. It's the most intimate thing you can do. It's way easier for me to just have sex with someone then kiss them.
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Reply #24 posted 02/18/09 8:23am

KidaDynamite

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*le sigh*
surviving on the thought of loving you, it's just like the water
I ain't felt this way in years...
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Reply #25 posted 02/18/09 9:05am

amorbella

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gonna kiss...lets see.....
Say it's just a dream...
U open up ur eyes and come 2 realize
u simply imagined this
So u lean over and give her a kiss
Here on earth, here on earth,
with u it's not so bad
Here on earth, here on earth
eye don't feel so sad
Stay right here
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Reply #26 posted 02/18/09 9:07am

REDFEATHERS

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PanthaGirl said:

It will be a few months for my kiss cause my valentine lives in Barbados he's so far away fallinluv



hmm.. I love Barbados... fallinluv
I will love you forever and you will never be forgotten - L.A.F. heart
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Reply #27 posted 02/18/09 9:07am

Mach

JustErin said:

Kissing is a HUGE deal to me. It's the most intimate thing you can do. It's way easier for me to just have sex with someone then kiss them.


Same here
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Reply #28 posted 02/18/09 1:16pm

PurpleRighteou
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Well I kissed my island man on Valentine's day biggrin Hell, I feel less stressed, just being around him let alone kissing.
I graduated bitches!!! 12-19-09 woot! dancing jig
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Reply #29 posted 02/18/09 1:19pm

SaraWright10

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99% of my kisses end up being regretted.

I don't wanna talk about it. rolleyes lol
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