This is another in a series of "no duh" stories. It is up there with the breaking news that taking vitamins and eating healthy keeps your heart healthier. It is nice to see it in print, though, something positive about marriage. You've got to love this part,
"subjected 16 married women to the threat of electric shock "
LOL-I hope they were paid well. A little too Milgramesque for my taste. I think most women in a healthy marriage felt less stressed holding their husband's hand because they knew that when faced with the
"threat of electric shock " that their husband was about to kick some researcher ass (I know mine would). Then we'd have a whole new study.
"Researchers feel far less stressed coming to from unconsciousness, when holding the hand of a fellow researcher(if they had a strong relationship.)"
If they didn't, the other researcher would have bolted for the door and all the years spent running from bullies would have finally paid off for him.
-Tasha Rhodes Libertarian Girl Montana Homeschool
By Belinda Goldsmith
NEW YORK, Dec 19 (Reuters Life!) - Women feeling stressed this holiday season could find help is closer than they think -- by holding their husband's hand.
A study by a University of Virginia neuroscientist has found that happily married women under stress show signs of immediate relief when they hold their husband's hand, with this clearly seen on their brain scans.
Dr. James Coan, who led the limited study involving 16 couples in marriages judged to be strong, said he was surprised by the extent this gesture made on stress levels in women.
We've known for decade that being in a good, committed relationship makes wounds heal faster, makes you sick less often and even live longer," Coan told Reuters.
"But the main point of this study is that no one had been able to quantify the mental benefits of a close relationship in terms of improved health," he said.
Coan, whose study "Lending a Hand: Social Regulation of the Neural Response to Threat" is published in the December 2006 issue of the journal Psychological Science, subjected 16 married women to the threat of electric shock while either holding their husband's hand, the hand of an anonymous male, or no hand. More here