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FIRST COMES LOVE...

“I often wonder what would have happened if we met at the right time”....“The hardest part about the whole thing is that I lost you as a friend too”....“I’ll never be able to love him like I loved you, and I feel bad about it but it’ll only always be you.”

When artist Rora Blue asked a single Q—“What would you say to the first person you fell for?”—those were three of the 34,000 responses she received. The messages became a Web installation called The Unsent Project, which continues to grow. Why the lasting intensity? “It’s called primacy,” says Jennifer Talarico, Ph.D., a cognitive psychologist at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. “Memories of a first experience

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