I’m not big on Valentine’s Day mainly because I’m cheap. Mac is actually forbidden from getting me flowers or chocolate on Valentine’s Day because the prices are so outrageous. He is, however, encouraged to get me flowers and chocolate when they go on clearance the day after Valentine’s Day! Other than our very first Valentine’s Day, when he sent tulips and chocolates to my old apartment (we were newly dating and I had just moved, so he had the wrong address), we’ve only exchanged things the day after.
My Valentine this year: getting to pick the movie we will watch, while eating Thai food after putting Mabel to bed. Romance!
That said, I stumbled across a couple of V Day appropriate science articles today.
The first one is about the origins of kissing- Valentine’s Day kisses continue odd human tradition and guess what! It has to do with science!
For most of early human history, smell was more important than any other sense for human relationships, said Sheril Kirshenbaum, author of “The Science of Kissing.” People would use smell to determine a person’s mood, their health and their social status, she said.
“There were a lot of sniff greetings,” said Kirshenbaum, director of the Project on Energy Communication at the University of Texas. “They would brush the nose across the face, because there are scent glands on our faces, and over time the brush of the face became a brush of the lips, and the social greeting was born that way.” Source.
The other article is more the the love lorn on Valentine’s Day, but perhaps also the romantic in all of us, about the way music can elicit physical responses in us. Anatomy of a tearjerker is complete with audio clips to demonstrate!
Chill-provoking passages, [researchers] found, shared at least four features. They began softly and then suddenly became loud. They included an abrupt entrance of a new “voice,” either a new instrument or harmony. And they often involved an expansion of the frequencies played… Finally, all the passages contained unexpected deviations in the melody or the harmony. Music is most likely to tingle the spine, in short, when it includes surprises in volume, timbre, and harmonic pattern. Source.