University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment on the below topics:
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whether you think it’s a hallmark holiday or not, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on your relationship with your significant other, how they make you feel and what you can do to make them feel special.
• Dr Raquel Peel has made a career out of studying romantic relationships and can talk about a variety of topics related to relationships and love, from Bridgerton and online dating, to long-distance relationships and self-sabotage. Media contact: Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331
HOW TO KEEP YOUR HEART AND HEAD HEALTHY THIS VALENTINE’S DAY
Valentine’s Day is a great time for couples to celebrate their love and friendship, but what if Cupid hasn’t hit you with one of his arrows?
• Clinical Psychologist Associate Professor Gavin Beccaria says it’s easy for singles to feel sad, lonely or depressed on days like Valentine’s Day, but there are steps they can take to protect their mental health. Media contact: Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331
Exchanged by lovers on Valentine's Day or as gifts on Mother’s Day, there’s no denying – chocolate has become the universal food of love. But according to scientists, when you bite into your favourite block (or lick it from your fingers) a chemical is released into your brain that makes you fall in love.
• It’s called theobromine (which means “Food of Gods”), says biochemist Dr Mark Lynch; a cacao-based stimulant that tends to affect females more than males. Whether it’s Cadbury or Lindt, the rush of love you feel when biting into your chocolate of choice is the same as the one you get when kissing a lover or holding a newborn baby (not a bad substitute for anyone looking for a date this Valentine’s Day). Media contact: Rhianwen Whitney 0427 428 380 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331
Looking for romance this Valentine’s Day? Singles be warned: Don’t go looking in ponds (and definitely don’t kiss any frogs)!
• Despite what they say in the movies, frogs don’t turn into princes. In fact, kissing them can give you salmonella (among other things) according to amphibian expert Mickayla Heinemann. She says the slimy carnivores are hard to catch, must be handled with care and are not to be mistaken with their leathery, poisonous, toad counterparts. Media contact: Sarah Green 0417 799 331 and Nicholas Britnell 0477 007 443
LOVE IS IN THE AIR(COUSTICS)
Love birds across the country will soon be singing a more romantic tune as Valentine's Day fast approaches, bringing with it an influx of songs from the heart.
• From Country Western to classical, music lecturer Mark Scholtes has put together a list of his greatest love hits - guaranteed to get the heart fluttering. But did you know, physics lies behind every successful romantic song, with vibration and sound all playing a part. Media contact: Sarah Green 0417 799 331 or Nat Gradwell 0449 186 116
FALL IN LOVE WITH THESE ROMANTIC FILMS
Grab some popcorn, a good bottle of wine, maybe a few tissues and curl up with your one true love for a date night on the couch.
• From cheesy and cute rom-coms to romantic classics, film expert Dr Daryl Sparkes has put together his top seven films to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Media contact: Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331
UN-CORK YOUR ROMANCE
Looking for the perfect wine pairings to create a magical meal on Valentine’s Day for that special someone?
• Wine scientist Ursula Kennedy can help take out the guesswork with tips on what to look for when selecting the perfect wines for your Valentine’s date. Media contact: Sarah Green 0417 799 331 and Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822
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