News Item: Is sexual desire entering a recession?
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Posted by angelight
Sunday 15 March 2009 - 01:44:00

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Friday, 13 February 2009

By Susan Quilliam
Relationship psychologist

Valentine's Day, by tradition, is an opportunity for declarations of
love and lust. But will 2009 be different?

Given the economic downturn, is passion too in recession? Or will
couples fling themselves into each other's arms to compensate for
their inability to spend, spend, spend?

Professor Helen Fisher, of Rutgers University, holds this latter

The sheer stress of money worries in general, and fear of redundancy
in particular will, she argues, elevate levels of the chemical
dopamine in the brain - and dopamine is associated with romantic

"Times of stress can trigger feelings of attraction - quite simply,
you're more susceptible," she said.

Professor Fisher's theories are based on a classic 1974 study by
Dutton and Aron - in which male subjects walking across a dangerous-
seeming bridge were found to be more likely to fall for an attractive
woman researcher.

They are currently being reinforced by a flurry of less academic

The new research centres on a gene called D4, which is involved in the
brain's reaction to the pleasure chemical dopamine. Tests on animals have suggested this gene may influence sex drive and arousal.

A team from Hebrew University and Ben Guri

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