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"This basic introduction to the neuroscience of love and sex is a good starting place for readers new to the subject...one hopes it will whet readers' appetites for more nuanced explorations of this area of research." (Library Journal, April 2012)
Who do we love? Who loves us? And why? Is love really a mystery, or can neuroscience offer some answers to these age-old questions?
In her third enthralling book about the brain, Judith Horstman takes us on a lively tour of our most important sex and love organ and the whole smorgasbord of our many kinds of love—from the bonding of parent and child to the passion of erotic love, the affectionate love of companionship, the role of animals in our lives, and the love of God.
Drawing on the latest neuroscience, she explores why and how we are born to love—how we're hardwired to crave the companionship of others, and how very badly things can go without love. Among the findings: parental love makes our brain bigger, sex and orgasm make it healthier, social isolation makes it miserable—and although the craving for romantic love can be described as an addiction, friendship may actually be the most important loving relationship of your life.
Based on recent studies and articles culled from the prestigious Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazines, The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex, and the Brain offers a fascinating look at how the brain controls our loving relationships, most intimate moments, and our deep and basic need for connection.See all Editorial Reviews
Easy and very informative reading. I loved it. I have so many more questions that I sourced via this reading. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lotus6
I was afraid this would be a dry, uninteresting read. But it wasn't. It was funny and informative and engaging. I learned many things about love, mental health, and relationships. Read morePublished 14 months ago by steven
Interesting stuff about how the chemicals in your brain work. I wonder if they are looking for any test subjectsPublished 17 months ago by Magical Dragon
Disappointing for such an interesting topic. From Scientific American I was expecting a much more substantial treatment of the topic. Read morePublished 17 months ago by sls.md
It's actually quite sad that neuroscience seems to have deteriorated to the wild spreading of popular myths found in women's magazines etc. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Zoltan Carnovasch
Partly entertaining and easy to read. The editor brings up a lot of questions related to love and tries to find answers supported by neuroscience. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Anders Njål Hansen
Judith Horstman's work, The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex, and the Brain: The Neuroscience of How, When, Why, and Who We Love, attempts to formulate answers to many common... Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Michelle