- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (Jan. 5 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446559903
- ISBN-13: 978-0446559904
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 472 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us Hardcover – Jan 5 2011
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"What's the big deal? You pucker up, and there you are-right? Turns out there's a lot more to kissing than you might think. For instance, you never forget your first kiss isn't just a sappy sentiment; it's apparently quite literally true, and the fact that we remember more details about that first kiss than about our first sexual experience speaks volumes about the nature of memory. Men and women kiss differently; that's also true, but you might be surprised to learn why. Why is kissing important to some human societies, and unimportant-just plain foreign-to others? University of Texas research scientist and Discover magazine blogger Kirshenbaum draws on psychology, biology, history, and other disciplines in this highly engaging, highly informative book."―David Pitt, Booklist
"Shows flashes of greatness."―Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
"[Kirshenbaum's] honesty, wit and creativity make reading this book a journey to treasure. Your desire to kiss will, happily, remain strong."―Catherine Ramsdell, Chattanooga Free Press
"A beautifully crafted book, answering many of the questions you have about kissing, and many you haven't thought of, but are none the less fascinating."―Vanessa Woods, PsychologyToday.com
"Like some memorable kisses, the book is short and sweet but teaches us something new."―Colette Bancroft, St. Petersburg Times
"Sheril Kirshenbaum wittily explores theories about the evolutionary beginnings of kissing. . . Science buffs and the everyday reader can enjoy Kirshenbaum's insightful commentary."―Laila Barakat, Sacramento News and Review
"Wonderful."―Adam Frank, NPR.org
"Playful yet comprehensive."―Michele Lent Hirsch, Psychology Today
"Borders on the super genius . . . an entertaining and informative read about a practice that we should all spend more time investigating."―Bret McCabe, Baltimore City Paper
"They say you never forget your first kiss-it sears itself into your memory. The Science of Kissing will no doubt do something similar. From the neurology of smooching to practical tips on locking lips, Sheril Kirshenbaum makes reading about this strange and fascinating practice almost as much fun as doing it."―Sam Kean, New York Times-bestselling author of The Disappearing Spoon
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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When I sat down to read it after Christmas, I had thought to thumb through 20 or 30 pages, but found myself anxiously turning beyond 50.... 100.... 200... until I was done. Couldn't wait to see what the next page would hold. As I read, I laughed (quoting "The Princess Bride" at the onset is a good way to do that), learned (did you know that humans generally remember their first trip to 1st base better than their first trip to home?), and cringed (eating apples from armpits - trust me. Ick!). The book even touched on "Twilight"-inspired "kissing" behaviors from a scientist's point of view (interesting).
The book was a fun cruise through the history and present status of kissing in different cultures, groups and species - in the context of scientific studies on what kissing does to us, and why me continue to do it.
Great for those of us who like to learn about new topics, from a scientist/historian's point-of-view - but also want a work that is engaging, and not dry. Definite 5 stars!
I decided to give The Science of Kissing a try. The book was excellent. Sheril Kirshenbaum did a great job. Although she has a science background she was not an expert in the field, although she might be one now. Her writing flowed yet she used simple, non-technical language. The book is worth reading for the content that Kirshenbaum made interesting and to enjoy a well-written, accessible science book in the tradition of Leon Lederman's The God Particle and Simon Singh's Big Bang.