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Ac­cord­ing to a new study, get­ting in­ti­mate at an early stage could ac­tu­ally help jump-start a re­la­tion­ship be­tween prospec­tive part­ners. A team of psy­chol­o­gists from the Is­raeli-based In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary Cen­ter Her­zliya and the Uni­ver­sity of Rochester’s Depart­ment of Clin­i­cal and So­cial Sciences in Psy­chol­ogy con­clude that sex­ual de­sire may play a ma­jor role in at­tract­ing po­ten­tial part­ners to each other. “Sex may set the stage for deep­en­ing the emo­tional con­nec­tion be­tween strangers,” lead au­thor Gu­rit Birn­baum, a so­cial psy­chol­o­gist and as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy at the IDC Her­zliya, said.

Sci­en­tists have de­vel­oped a high-tech pil­low which cancels out snor­ing. A mi­cro­phone placed close to the snorer is used to pick up ev­ery grunt and rum­ble. The au­dio is then an­a­lysed by an al­go­rithm which cal­cu­lates its can­celling ‘anti-noise’. When this sound is played through speak­ers in the non-snor­ing part­ner’s pil­low, snore dis­tur­bance is re­duced by 31 deci­bels. The sys­tem has been de­vel­oped by re­searchers at North­ern Illi­nois Uni­ver­sity in the US and Chung Yuan Chris­tian Uni­ver­sity in Tai­wan. The e-pil­lows could of­fer hope to peo­ple liv­ing with Bri­tain’s 15 mil­lion snor­ers. Tests showed that some peo­ple en­dure noise lev­els equiv­a­lent to sleep­ing be­side a cof­fee grinder. Dr Lichuan Liu, of the US Uni­ver­sity, said: “I snore my­self and my hus­band com­plains about it. We be­lieve our project can re­ally help part­ners of snor­ers. It’s not a cure but it can re­duce the lev­els.”

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