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Philosophers, theologians, artists, and boy bands have waxed poetic about the nature of love for centuries. But what does the brain have to say about the way we carry our hearts? As technology advances to allow us more focused examination of the intricate dance our brains do with our environment, we can use science to shed new light on humanity's oldest question, "What is this thing called love?"
In each chapter of this lively, edgy adventure through the romantic brain, Kayt Sukel dives into the latest neuroscientific research concerning love and sex (even getting her brain scanned while having an orgasm) and what it really means for the way we approach our relationships. "Dirty Minds "asks age-old questions such as: What parts of the brain are involved with love? Is there really a "seven-year itch"? Why do good girls like bad boys? Is monogamy practical? How thin is that line between love and hate? Do mothers have a stronger bond with children than their fathers do? How do our childhood experiences affect our emotional control and who is at risk for love addiction? Yet this book offers an entirely fresh approach, explaining all the ways the brain can make or break us in love.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-12-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Is love addictive? What roles do oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin, and testosterone play in our lives? What does the brain tell us about homosexuality? What parts of the brain control attraction, parental love, and faithfulness in relationships? Sukel leaves no stone unturned as she delves into the complex, cerebral world of relationships. Frequently citing both human MRI studies and animal research on dogs, monkeys, and monogamous prairie voles, Sukel has thoroughly researched this fascinating subject, examining even the most delicate topics—such as her own experience as a subject in an MRI clinical study of orgasm—with a frank, clinical tone, peppered with anecdotal stories and occasional humor. Although "here is no clever playbook for navigating love's messier situations," readers may find that science can explain some of their own experiences in attraction, parenting, and even heartbreak. Sukel's background in psychology allows her to discuss highly technical topics in a way that will be accessible to a broad audience, including armchair scientists and sociology buffs. Agent: David Black Agency (Jan.)