January 4th, 2009

White Mage - Drawn by Mahrkale

Scientists: True love can last a lifetime

A nice little thing seen on CNN:

Using brain scans, researchers at Stony Brook University in New York have discovered a small number of couples respond with as much passion after 20 years together as most people only do during the early throes of romance, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper reported.

The researchers scanned the brains of couples together for 20 years and compared them with results from new lovers, the Sunday Times said.

About 10 percent of the mature couples had the same chemical reactions when shown photographs of their loved ones as those just starting out.

Previous research has suggested that the first stages of romantic love fade within 15 months and after 10 years it has gone completely, the newspaper said.

The downside is that there's a 1 in 10 chance of finding someone that you will be truly happy with for the rest of your life. But I guess the upside is that finding someone you'll be happy with for the rest of your life really can happen.

I'm still at MagFest, and heading out shortly. I'll have pictures and a con report later.