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Indiana University
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Monday, March 1, 2010

Special Wedding Guest: A Phlebotomist

A scientist who recently married had her blood, and several guests’ blood, tested at the wedding for levels of the hormone oxytocin, dubbed the “cuddle chemical” for its role in promoting bonding, trust, and generosity.

In NewScientist, she writes:

I had written several articles about this hormone before, so my wedding last July seemed the perfect chance to see if it would surge in the ultimate public display of affection. I contacted leading oxytocin researcher Paul Zak, head of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies in Claremont, California, and he leapt at the opportunity to translate his lab studies into real life.

The plan was to measure blood levels of oxytocin in the bride, groom, three close members of our families and eight friends both before and after the ceremony. OK, it was a small sample size, but Zak (pictured above) saw this as a pilot study that might point the way for future research, and perhaps even shed some light on why people stage public weddings in the first place.

Now, that’s real love…for science as well.  Read more here, but note that the video is not for the faint-hearted.


Hat Tip: S.H.

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Wow! I have always wanted to know someone who is a certified phlebotomist. I like their work and the way they draw blood to help.

Posted by: phlebotomy certification | Jul 22, 2010 10:39:25 PM

Interesting. =)

Posted by: Wedding Flowers Melbourne | Mar 29, 2012 5:18:38 PM

These articles and blogs are truly enough for me for a day.

Posted by: Phelbotomy | Feb 5, 2013 12:30:40 AM

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