February 8th, 2009 at 7:07 pm (raven)
Today’s factini isn’t so surprising. Kissing makes us feel less stress (lower cortisol) and more bonded (higher oxytocin), reports psychologist Wendy Hill of Lafayette College. What is interesting: while kissing causes a cortisol decrease in both men and women, oxytocin is increased more in men than in women. The researchers assume that this has to do with environment. Women need a certain atmosphere.
The hormonal changes due to kissing may have to do with pheromones exchanged in saliva, but -for maximum efficacy - I wouldn’t recommend thinking about this during the act.
The Telegraph article states:
In 2007 British scientists measured the brain and heart activity sparked by passionate kissing, but found it was less intense that the stimulation produced by eating chocolate.
Uh-huh! That’s why this Dopamine Day, I have a date with some fine chocolate. I can’t wait to touch my lips to that sweet catch!