Monday, January 5, 2009

The Lifespan Of Limerance

"Scientists have discovered true love," says The Times. After scanning the brains of a slew of couples married for 20 years or more, scientists from Stony Brook in New York discovered that an average of 1 in 10 of those couples exhibited the same lovestruck sensations when shown pictures of their significant others as brand new couples in love. In the past it was believed that after 15 months the initial effects of limerance (aka: true love) would fade, and that after 10 years remnants of the haze were gone for good. But, now, hopeless romantics have scientific proof that true love can withstand the test of time. In perhaps the most heart-warming part of the piece, The Times claims: "The researchers nicknamed the[se] couples 'swans' because they have similar mental 'love maps' to animals that mate for life such as swans, voles and gray foxes." Also, adding a nice twist to the story, is that two of the 'swan' couples in question are none other than former British PM Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie, and actor Michael Caine and his wife, Sharika.

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Alisa Gould-Simon is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn.