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Kissing in the News

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumJan 13, 2011 10:16 PM


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The Science of Kissing has now been out a week and and this morning Craig Wilson has a piece in USA TODAY entitled, "Read her 'Lips': Kirshenbaum has kissing down to a science":

"A kiss is just a kiss ..." Herman Hupfeld wrote in 1931 in his now-classic As Time Goes By. How wrong can one songwriter be? Little did he know that a science writer was going to come along 80 years later and prove that a kiss is so much more than just a kiss. The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us might just be the definitive work to date on the eons-old habit of locking lips.

Also today, features a piece by Emily Anne Epstein, "Exploring when it’s not just a kiss":

Psychologists say that 66 percent of women will end a budding relationship if the first kiss goes awry, while only 59 percent of men place the same emphasis. So what, exactly, is in a kiss? This is the subject of Sheril Kirshenbaum’s new book, “The Science of Kissing.” In it, the native New Yorker explores everything that goes on between our lips — from the hormones to the history. “Kissing is a powerful experience,” said Kirshenbaum. “It engages all the senses: Scent, taste and touch are all sending information to our bodies as to whether it’s a good match or not. It’s nature’s ultimate litmus test.”

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