In The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us, author Sheril Kershenbaum takes readers on an entertaining and scientific exploration of kissing, looking at the reasons why we kiss and how kisses affect our bodies and brains. Beginning with the theories on why humans began kissing and continuing through an investigation of the cultural and social implications of a kiss, Ms. Kershebaum tries to track down the possible origins of the first kisses. She then delves into the effects kissing can have on the human body from all the wonderful feelings one can evoke to the "dirty" side of lip-locking, germs. The author also conducted her own experiment on the effect of kissing on the human brain with some surprising results, and even wraps up with ten scientifically proven ways to become a better kisser. Romantics and armchair scientists alike will be entertained by this fascinating journey through the science behind one of the oldest human behaviors.
I happen to be a hopeless romantic who is also fascinated by science, so the minute I saw The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us, I knew I had to read it. One might think that a scientific book on kissing might destroy the romanticism of the act, but for me, it did the exact opposite. It actually reinforced many of my romantic notions while explaining the logic and biology behind this most common of relational behaviors. Rather than writing a traditional review, I thought I would share some of the fascinating highlights and things I learned from this book:
Any of this sound intriguing? It certainly was to me. Not only did it stimulate the geeky part of my brain, it also has inspired me to kiss my husband more frequently and thoroughly.;-) Don't be fooled into thinking this might be one of those dull, boring science books. Sheril Kershenbaum has a wonderful writing style that is engaging, informative and easy-to-understand all rolled into one. The Science of Kissing definitely satisfied both the romantic and the armchair scientist in me. It was a wholly enjoyable book that has earned a spot on my keeper shelf. Now that I've read it, I don't think I'll ever view a kiss in quite the same way again...but that's a good thing.:-)
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Hachette Book Group, in exchange for my review.
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