Gut reaction could foretell marriage satisfaction

By Ashley Yeager, 12:59 PM November 27, 2013

Unconscious gut reactions may predict happy, and not-so-happy, marriages, a new study suggests.

In an experiment, researchers flashed the faces of participants’ spouses and asked the newlyweds to quickly, and unconsciously, determine if words such as awesome or horrible were positive or negative. Individuals who responded the quickest to positive words after seeing a picture of their spouse were happier over the 4-year-study period.

Questionnaires asking about couples’ conscious attitudes were ...

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