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The six-step formula to beau's heart

Scientists unravel six methods that could help you strike a right note with the love of your life.

india Updated: May 13, 2006 13:33 IST
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Scientists have found six steps to land the perfect partner. The methods, published in the New Scientist magazine, are based on a variety of studies:

Experience fear together
A 1970s experiment showed members of the opposite sex looked more attractive to people who had just got off a rollercoaster.

Body language
When strangers meet, 55% of their impression is based on appearance and body language. Mirroring posture may help, but no folding arms.

Music
Psychologists at North Adams state college, Massachusetts, discovered women found men’s pictures more attractive when they were listening to soft rock.

Chemistry
The chemical phenylethylamine is found in chocolate. It is also linked to the effects of exercise, as is dopamine, which produces a feeling of euphoria. 

Eye contact
Meeting another person's gaze stimulates the parts of the brain associated with rewards.

Jokes
When strangers laugh together, they bond. Laughing is thought to release endorphins into the body, promoting a sense of well-being.