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Love Lab: What makes a perfect first date?

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 16:22 UK time, Wednesday, 11 February 2009

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The Love Lab moved up to the next stage of romance, as Michael Mosley took our willing lab rats dating.

So how do we go from that initial first encounter to forming a deeper attraction? Scientists believe they have the answer.

Our eight volunteers were paired up and split into two groups for a first date. Two of the couples had a quiet night in on the sofa, while the others were taken for a thrilling ice-skating trip.

Scientists believe that scary activities such as ice-skating or extreme sports produce endorphins, a feeling of exhilaration that some people misattribute to feelings of attraction.

Indeed, the couples that went on the active first date rated their attraction to the volunteer they were paired with as higher than before, bearing the theory out.

More information:
BBC Relationships site

BBC Science on 'The mating game'

So what's your idea of a perfect first date? And what have been your biggest dating disasters? Let us know.


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