Cou­ples are spray­ing for an end to all ar­gu­ments

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A NASAL spray that stops cou­ples AR­GU­ING has been in­vented by boffins.

The new won­der spray is def­i­nitely not to be sniffed at af­ter ex­perts re­alised it can stop men and women bick­er­ing.

The spray con­tains the hor­mone oxy­tocin, and ac­cord­ing to re­searchers it is a break­through in mar­i­tal re­la­tions.

In a study sci­en­tists at the Univer­sity of Zurich looked at the ef­fects the spray had on stress and the ac­tiv­ity of the ner­vous sys­tem dur­ing dis­agree­ments.

Cou­ples aged 20 to 50, who were mar­ried or had been liv­ing to­gether for at least a year, took part in the ex­per­i­ment.

They picked a topic they usu­ally dis­agree on, then had five puffs of the spray. They were then left in a room to­gether to dis­cuss the sub­ject – and boffins found that the spray re­duced con­flict.

The women be­came more friendly and the men dis­played more pos­i­tive be­hav­iour.

Kavita Ved­hara, boss of health psy­chol­ogy at Not­ting­ham Univer­sity, said: “This might help take the heat out of the ar­gu­ment but whether it helps to re­solve the is­sues that lead to the ar­gu­ments is not clear.”

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