Relationships may not be so complicated after all, according to a new study from Texas A&M University's psychology department. The study's researchers found that people were reportedly more attracted to their romantic partners after playing with a set of magnetic blocks, suggesting that the controversial old theory of "social priming" may have some merit.
The researchers sought out 120 participants between the ages of 18 and 22 who were either in a relationship or had been within the last few months. Participants were instructed to play with a set of either magnetic or non-magnetic blocks before filling out a questionnaire about their connection with their partners. The researchers found that those who toyed with the magnetic blocks were more likely to report feelings of greater attraction, satisfaction, and commitment in their relationships than those with the non-magnetic blocks.
"In this case, the magnets may make the metaphor of love as a physical force more prominent in people's minds, leading them to report closer feelings with their partners," said Andrew Christy, a graduate student and co-author of the study, in an interview with LiveScience. "These studies reiterate the basic point of conceptual metaphor theory, that these metaphors that we use in language aren't just figures of speech or ways of talking about things. … They actually are reflective of how we think about things, too."
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