Kissing Feels So Pleasurable Due To Hormone Surge, Find Scientists

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Couples
who share a passionate kiss this Valentine’s Day will enjoy sensations
of relaxation and excitement because of a complex series of chemical
processes, as well as their love for their partners.

The study showed
that women need more than just a kiss to experience the same chemical
high as men – with additional features such as a romantic atmosphere
of dimmed lights and mood music also required.

Wendy Hill,
professor of psychology at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania began
the research to find out why the mundane physical activity of rubbing
lips can elicit such a gratifying emotional response.

Her team tested
the levels of two hormones, cortisol and oxytocin, in 15 couples
before and after holding hands and kissing.

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February
11, 2009

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