The two go hand in hand. The research, out of Concordia University in Montreal, indicates that emotional attachment can actually grow out of sexual desire. The placebo effect really works. The study also indicates that there may actually be a neurological basis for getting emotionally attached after a sexual encounter. Women automatically get emotionally attached, and men quickly flee to the next sexual partner.
So there -- love can grow out of a sweaty one-night stand.
But a new study helps put this myth to rest. Both phenomena activate a section of the striatum the part of the brain that receives messages from the cerebral cortex about emotions, memory and other functions. The study found that love and sex fall on a sort of neurological continuum. In recent years there has been a lot of talk about pheremones -- chemicals that have the ability to trigger a social and potentially sexual response from members of the same species. From Sex To Love: If You Believe They Do. Pheromone Sprays Might Work