Harlow once used baby rhesus monkeys to investigate the purpose of physical contact. He placed a baby rhesus monkey into a cage with two surrogate mothers. The first surrogate was made of wire but had a milk bottle attached to it, while the second surrogate had a soft cloth cover but no feeding bottle. Which surrogate do you think the baby rhesus monkey preferred more?
(Student: the wire one?)
That’s also what the researchers first hypothesized. However, the baby monkey actually preferred the cloth mother more, perhaps highlighting the importance of physical contact within relationships.
Eye contact can be described as a type of physical contact as well. When the eyes of two lovers meet, their brains release oxytocin.
When humans kiss, their heart rate doubles, breathing increases, and blood pressure skyrockets. However, beware of misattributting this physiological arousal to “true love”.
I can’t remember what episode this was, but this was at the end of the episode where they’re on the sofa and Cheonsongyi does her 15 second thing and Dominjoon loses self control and risks his life for the kiss. They started the next episode with flashbacks to Dominjoon lecturing about Harlow’s study, and eye contact and physical contact.
But yes, the Harlow study is real (http://users.rcn.com/napier.interport/cwm/experim.html ). Also with the misattribution of physiological thing too. When you’re aroused (regardless of what the reason of arousal is), and have no reason to be aroused, you may attribute your current emotions to liking someone.
Studies have been done where males cross a shaky bridge (or a study bridge), and at the end of the bridge, an attractive female approaches them to complete a survey. After completing the survey, the female gives them her phone number and asks them to call her if they’re interested in the study results. The actual study looked at how many of those males actually called in to ask the female researcher on a date, and significantly more of those males on the shaky bridge (scary = fearful physiological arousal) called in than those on the sturdy bridge.
Yup. This is what I think of when I watch You Who Came from the Stars. You have no idea how happy I was that he taught psychology, and of all, my least favourite psychology subfield (social psychology). Now whenever I’m in social psych class again I’ll just pretend it’s DMJ lecturing me :’)