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Do Opposites Really Attract?

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Published on Feb 12, 2015

The scientific reasons you're into your bae.
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References:

Mathews, C. A., & Reus, V. I. (2001). Assortative mating in the affective disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Comprehensive psychiatry,42(4), 257-262. http://www.comppsychjournal.com/artic...

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Speakman, J. R., Djafarian, K., Stewart, J., & Jackson, D. M. (2007). Assortative mating for obesity. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 86(2), 316-323. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/86/...

Lewis, K. (2013). The limits of racial prejudice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(47), 18814-18819. http://www.pnas.org/content/110/47/18...

Mathews, C. A., & Reus, V. I. (2001). Assortative mating in the affective disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Comprehensive psychiatry,42(4), 257-262. http://www.comppsychjournal.com/artic...

Wedekind, C., Seebeck, T., Bettens, F., & Paepke, A. J. (1995). MHC-dependent mate preferences in humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, 260(1359), 245-249. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/76...

Schwartz, C. R., & Graf, N. L. (2009). Assortative matching among same-sex and different-sex couples in the United States, 1990–2000. Demographic research, 21, 843. http://www.demographic-research.org/v...

This is an awesome TED talk on brain chemistry and attraction: http://www.tedxsmu.org/talks/helen-fi...

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