This video is actually the second part of a two-part experiment originally conducted by Dr. Arthur Aron, a psychologist known for his work with interpersonal relationships.
Dr. Aron’s original study was to see if love could be created. He had two strangers (a male and a female) meet and ask each other 36 questions, with each inquiry being more intimate than the previous one. After that, they stared into each other’s eyes for four straight minutes. The experiment was a resounding success for one couple, who got married six months later and even invited the whole lab.
Recently, a reporter from the NY Times asked 12 participants to participate in the four-minute staring activity. Of the six couples, only two were strangers. Here we can see how four minutes of uninterrupted staring at a partner can affect relationships that have lasted different lengths of time.
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