In related news, USA Today covered my talk at IdeaFestival:
Despite the classic lyrics of the song from the movie “Casablanca,” scientist Sheril Kirshenbaum says there is a lot of science behind the popular act of kissing.
“There’s a chemical basis for what happens when our bodies meet at the lips,” Kirshenbaum said.
She began exploring the subject in depth, she said, after writing a scientific article on the subject in conjunction with Valentine’s Day. From there, the interest of other scientists blossomed and she decided there was enough interest for her to write a book on the subject, which resulted in “The Science of Kissing.”
And I enjoyed this fun piece in Jezebel:
According to author Sheril Kirshenbaum, kissing is not only a great way to get mono during your freshman year of college and miss a ton of parties, it’s also an important way to assess physical compatibility with a partner prior to sex.
Kissing also provides “the chemical basis for falling in love,” according to Kirshenbaum. When we kiss each other, our brains make an unconscious assessment of the hormonal components of the other person and decide whether or not it might be fun to take things further. A good kiss means a good match. Think makeout bingo.
Well sure, kind of like bingo. Unless you’re taking the birth control pill that is..