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Couples creating art or playing board games release 'love hormone'

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Couples creating art or playing board games release love hormone

IMAGE: Couples in the Baylor University "love hormone " study were asked to paint this scene -- inserting their own initials --in the art class. view more

WACO, Texas (Feb. 12, 2019) -- When couples play board games together or take a painting class with each other, their bodies release oxytocin -- sometimes dubbed the "hugging hormone." But men wielding paintbrushes released twice as much or more as the level of women painters and couples playing games, a Baylor University study has found.

"We were expecting the opposite -- that couples playing the board games would interact more because they were communicating about the games and strategies, or because they were competing, and with more interaction, they would release more oxytocin," which is associated with bonding and family cohesiveness, said Karen Melton, Ph.D., assistant professor of child and family studies in Baylor's ...

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