Love and Alikeness

Men who were in love had lower levels of the male sex hormone testosterone – linked to aggression and sex drive – than the other men. Love-struck women, in contrast, had higher levels of testosterone than their counterparts, the team will report in Psychoneuroendocrinology.

“Men, in some way, had become more like women, and women had become like men,” says Marazziti. “It’s as if nature wants to eliminate what can be different in men and women, because it’s more important to survive [and mate] at this stage.”

So says a report in the May 5, 2004 issue of New Scientist, describing the latest findings of 2000 Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize winner Donatella Marazziti and her team.

See the entire New Scientist report here, and a May 7 report from ABC News here.

See what the team won their Ig for here.

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