How sex sets the stage for deepening the emotional connection between strangers.
….. Overall, our research demonstrates that even an unconscious sexual stimulus can elicit verbal and nonverbal behaviors that not only convey contact readiness, but also express caring about a partner’s well-being. By doing so, our research suggests that when two strangers meet, the sexual desire experienced by one or both of them may initiate a cascade of behaviors that signal their interest in further interaction, as well as their willingness to invest in a potential relationship. Such behaviors help set the stage for deepening the emotional connection between them. To be sure, whereas intense desire may attract new partners to each other, the behaviors it engenders are those that support long-term bonding.
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