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The Science of Kissing in SciAm MIND

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumOct 29, 2010 8:49 PM


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With just over two months until The Science of Kissing's debut (publication date has moved up to Jan 5), my book's been mentioned in the brand new issue of Scientific American MIND by Ferris Jabr:

No matter how old and experienced we get, sex and romance never fail to surprise and perplex us. Three new books explore the origins of human sexuality, whether we are capable of monogamy, and why we kiss. __ In The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us (Grand Central Publishing, 2011), biologist and science journalist Sheril Kirshenbaum explores all aspects of a lip lock. For instance, women usually require a kiss to feel intimate with another person, whereas men are more willing to forgo the first kiss and go straight for sex. Although scientists don’t know why we kiss, Kirshenbaum explores several possibilities, such as that kissing rekindles the intimacy we first experienced in infancy when breastfeeding.

It's exciting as an author to see the first nod to a project that has taken years of research, experimentation, and composition. Feels surreal knowing SoK's nearly available to share with readers! More coming soon... (

In the meantime, flip through the book's brand new gallery website!


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