The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us (Google eBook)

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Grand Central Publishing, Jan 5, 2011 - Science - 272 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - FKarr - LibraryThing

both excellent and weak; great but superficial detail of the evolution and cultural bases of kissing, thorough attention to sources and scientific rigor, but rather superficial Read full review

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User Review  - Tiffany - Goodreads

I love scientific books normally. I fell in love with Mary Roach's books when I read Stiff and since then, I have been seeking out these scientific books that explore things that ordinarily, I don't ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
Introduction
PART ONE
CHAPTER 1
Not All Cues Are Hidden
CHAPTER 2
Kokos Kiss
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 9
The Blarney Stone
PART THREE
CHAPTER 10
Kissing and the Brain
CHAPTER 11
2 NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED
4 THE TEST OF TIME

Kiss My Feet
CHAPTER 4
Kissing Records
PART TWO
CHAPTER 5
Monkey See Monkey Do
Kissing Under the Influence
CHAPTER 6
The Coolidge Effect
CHAPTER 7
What His Nose Knows
CHAPTER 8
The Effects of Testosterone on Women
5 FOLLOW YOUR NOSE
CHAPTER 12
A Look Back in Time
CHAPTER 13
ULTIMATE EXPLANATIONS
PROXIMATE EXPLANATIONS
On the Science of Kissing
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Contents
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright
Copyright

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