I just thought this would be interesting to Elvis Presley fans. You may be interested to know that several popular web-based news services in the summer of 2012 claimed that researchers around that time published a study specifically including the song “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley as being associated with upticks in oxytocin and arginine vasopressin blood levels in subjects with the genetic condition Williams Syndrome.
In fact, when I read the study, the authors mentioned only “a positive emotional intervention (music), and a negative physical stressor (cold)” as being relevant to their research methods.
There was only one other reference to music at all in the study, which was published in PLOS One. That was a comment in the Experimental Paradigm section indicating that the subjects were asked “to bring their favorite music that elicited positive emotions.” I couldn’t find any mention of Elvis or the song “Love Me Tender”, so I’m not sure how folks at LiveScience and several others got that information.
There is science—and then there is news.
Anyhow, that’s a lead in to my wife making The King’s favorite sandwich today, (sometimes called The Elvis), the variation with peanut butter and bananas. Notice that you can’t see me duck when I say “variation,” because I know a lot of you will point out that a real Elvis should include bacon.
I’m not going to tell you that we wondered beforehand whether or not we’d have positive emotions after eating them, I guess on the assumption that anything Elvis will make you go as mushy as the bananas. You’d never believe that, just like I didn’t believe that the researchers intentionally made an Elvis tune a condition in the study.
But they were a snap to make.
I didn’t notice any change in my emotions after eating the sandwich—maybe because it didn’t have bacon. It was sticky and it tasted OK, not sure what all the fuss is about. I’m pretty sure there was no change in our blood levels of oxytocin and arginine vasopressin.
The mushy Elvis didn’t make us go all mushy inside.
However, we didn’t play the song “Love Me Tender” at the same time, which could have made all the difference. We’ll just never know—because I’m pretty sure we’ll never have them again.
And I’m also pretty sure that this is not the only time I’ve ever had an Elvis tune on my blog.
Dai, L., Carter, C. S., Ying, J., Bellugi, U., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., & Korenberg, J. R. (2012). Oxytocin and Vasopressin Are Dysregulated in Williams Syndrome, a Genetic Disorder Affecting Social Behavior. PLoS ONE, 7(6), e38513. http://doi.org.proxy.lib.uiowa.edu/10.1371/journal.pone.0038513