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A recent study shows that mutual romantic interest and sexual attraction during a first date may not be left up to fate, but rather up to the couple’s bodies being in tune with each other, according to a recent study published in Scientific Reports.
“We found that successful dates are characterized by increased electrodermal synchrony in the first two minutes,” researchers stated in the published study.
Dr. Shir atzil, a psychologist from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, led the research and stated in a Fox News news release that “Connecting to a partner is dependent on how well our bodies can synchronize.” We specialize in studying parent-infant bonding – and we had already seen the same thing there.”
The authors said in the published study that first dates resulting in a mutual romantic interest were characterized by increased electrodermal synchrony (a measure of changes in the resistance of skin to an electrical current based on sweat gland activity stimulated by the sympathetic nervous system) and attunement of behavior.
The researchers looked at 46 heterosexual dates during a 5-minute speed-date experiment. The wristband was used to record the natural patterns of electrodermal activation.
The team recorded speed dates and did a video analysis to examine the behavior of the couple during that date. This included movements such as arm movement, nodding and shifting legs. Researchers then determined the co-regulation of the couple during their date.
The report states that the couples assessed each others’ romantic interests and sexual attraction after their first date. The authors said that when a man and a woman are highly synchronous and attuned during a date, their mutual romantic and sexual interest was also high. The study authors stated that their findings show that romantic and sexual attraction is a result of social adjustment to the sympathetic nervous system.
The researchers also said the findings suggest that individuals “who are better at adapting their physiology and behavior to their partner during the date, are more likely to attract a partner.”
Although synchrony predicted attraction for both genders, the degree of synchrony did affect men and women differently. According to the study, women were more sexually attracted to men who showed a high level of synchrony, referred to in the release as “super-synchronizers”. The release stated that these men are highly sought-after by female companions ,.
Atzil stated in the release that “our research shows that behavioral and physiological synchroy can be useful mechanisms to attract a romantic companion.” However, we still don’t know whether synchrony raises attraction or does the feeling of attraction generate the motivation to synchronize?”
According to the news release, Atzil is planning to investigate that question.
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