If your first dates are characterised by polite, getting-to-know-you chit-chat, you might be limiting your chances of falling in love.
That’s what a New York psychologist hypothesized back in 1997, when he proposed three sets of 12 questions, which, when accompanied by four minutes of gazing, can determine whether there’s enough chemistry between a couple to foster lasting closeness. He succeeded in making two strangers fall in love in his laboratory.
The questions (scroll down to read them) are probing and personal, and, as the study author says, they work because, “One key pattern associated with the development of a close relationship among peers is sustained, escalating, reciprocal, personal self-disclosure.”
The study remained known only by the psychological community, until a New York Times blogger put the theory to the test – with rather lovely results. But did her fledging romance flourish? Find out in her TED talk which has already been watched nearly 2.5 million times.