We get it: your feed is clogged with last-minute Valentine’s gift ideas, restaurant deals and paeans to everlasting love. Whether you’re happily shacked up or going it alone, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction (or marketing) at this time of year. For those pondering the bigger questions of human love, here are a few of our favourite research finds.
If you’re considering spicing up Valentine’s day with an aphrodisiac (or even if you’re not), Clare Collins gives a fascinating rundown on the efficacy of plants, foods and other stimulants.
Psychologists have done much to document the joys and pitfalls of digital romance. Here’s an academic view on how the internet affects relations.
According to a study, holding out for the one may make evolutionary sense. Tom Smulders explains.
Sarah Gomillion reveals what science can tell us about going the distance.
In a great relationship? Anthropologist Jo Setchell explains how your grandmother might have something to do with that.
Smell is humans’ dominant sense - which means getting your loved one’s perfume wrong may have more repercussions than you thought. Psychologists explain why.