The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us

The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us

by Sheril Kirshenbaum
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The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us by Sheril Kirshenbaum

From a noted science journalist comes a wonderfully witty and fascinating exploration of how and why we kiss.

When did humans begin to kiss? Why is kissing integral to some cultures and alien to others? Do good kissers make the best lovers? And is that expensive lip-plumping gloss worth it? Sheril Kirshenbaum, a biologist and science journalist, tackles these questions and more in THE SCIENCE OF KISSING. It's everything you always wanted to know about kissing but either haven't asked, couldn't find out, or didn't realize you should understand. The book is informed by the latest studies and theories, but Kirshenbaum's engaging voice gives the information a light touch. Topics range from the kind of kissing men like to do (as distinct from women) to what animals can teach us about the kiss to whether or not the true art of kissing was lost sometime in the Dark Ages. Drawing upon classical history, evolutionary biology, psychology, popular culture, and more, Kirshenbaum's winning book will appeal to romantics and armchair scientists alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446559904
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/05/2011
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 475,447
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist at The Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin . She blogs on Discover magazine's website, The Intersection, and contributes to a variety of blogs and science publications. Visit her website at www.sherilkirshenbaum.com.

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The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: This book examines kissing in about every way you could possibly imagine. Starting with what different cultures find attractive and how kissing is viewed throughout the world and throughout time. That part was pretty interesting - learning about some meaning behind kissing and learning about non-traditional kisses in cultures - that include sniffing or smelling another person and just touching them. It also talks about the different ways that animals kiss and show emotion. From that point it goes into the different physical changes that happen in the body, including hormones that are released and how hormones themselves affect the kiss. (Ever kiss someone that you were hoping for romance with only to feel like you were kissing your brother?) It also talks about the different bacteria and viruses that are present in saliva and how they can affect your well-being. That gives you an overview of part of the book - other things discussed are what happens in the brain when we kiss and I liked the 10 tips at the end to make one a better kisser - based on all the scientific studies used in the book.
BuzzP More than 1 year ago
Written in a "long journal paper" format with little new information presented. Some effort made to introduce "brain scanning" research but results acknowledged as inconclusive and seemed "sorry" that results were not more conclusive. Last chapters oriented toward possible future research that could be done. If this was written for the technical or professional audience, (which is what the last chapters imply) it was disappointing. For those interested in a casual introduction to the topic, it serves that purpose.
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
Everything you ever wanted to know about kissing but were afraid to ask. It has sections on the history, psychology, physiology and meanings behind that act. This is a fascinating books filled with facts that are formed into a comprehensive and enjoyable book. My favorite section is on the physiology which also covers germs and how your body has learned to react to a kiss. Fans of Mary Roach are truly going to enjoy this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read for someone interested in why we kiss and how the kiss has developed. It is a great way to start off learning the science behind sexual behavior and it's context in different social settings
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