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The Science of Sex Appeal

4.1 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

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Take an up close look at how genetics, hormones and neurological factors are believed to influence our sexual attraction levels to one another. This program makes you rethink the concept of true romance, and see it in an entirely different way.

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  • Actors: Discovery Channel
  • Directors: Discovery Channel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UJIY7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,869 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Very educational experiments how males and females react and evaluate attractiveness, sex appeal, security and much more. Although we may assume how we would act, feel and react in a certain scenario, the science and the experiments that they exercise in this documentary shows that it is much more complex than what we think it is going on. Very entertaining but yet educational. Bravo.
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I am an RN with 15 years of experience in the field. I am 41 years old and have been married twice. I thought that I was aware of most physiologic impacts on sex appeal and relationships. I was not. This documentary is very informative and eye opening. If you have ever wondered or guessed at why you are doing something(is it love? is it lust? what is it?) this is the DVD for you. Some months after watching it, my 11 year began to talk about being interested in boys. This video is far from tacky in any way. I put her infront of this, and she came away from that convinced that she needs to show this to the girls in her class. Every man and woman should see this video, and be aware of how much hormones do to our emotions and how we view things and the choices we make, and the evolutionary indications for our actions. If you have anyone who needs the birds and the bees talk, start here.
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Having sex appeal demystified by science is both funny and disturbing at the same time. Watching this may help someone avoid some of mistakes endemic in courtship behavior.
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I use this when discussing attraction and mating habits in Human Sexuality and also Human Relations classes. Takes an evidence-based approach that is easy to understand. Shows some live experiments that illustrate the main issues in attraction. Some unusual attention to Evolutionary Psychology sprinkled throughout. Very, very good film.
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I often use this video when teaching certain courses at a local community college. My students are often shocked to learn just how much sexual activity is actually controlled between the ears. Great video...
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This video's research with individuals doesn't account in any way for cultural conditioning, a really crazy huge oversight.

Only talks about certain types of people, perhaps you could call them mainstream?. For instance I am a female who (always not just when not ovulating) prefers feminine guys and is repelled by excessive testosterone. According to this video I would prefer masculine men. I know many other women with the same taste as myself. If everything is according to the desirability of a good mate for breeding (according to how they defined the traits of a good mate for breeding) why would I feel so effected by feminine men and repelled by masculine ones? I am just one example.
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As someone who has done some research using primary sources about sex appeal from an evolutionary approach, I found this video to be remarkably accurate and up to date (when it was made). I really like that it went to significant lengths to discuss the issues with the researchers who have actually done the empirical research. It presented the viewpoint and supporting research in a way that was both interesting and informative. I use it in my undergrad human sexuality course to start discussion about this topic.

It is not really a drawback, but this video really changes course in the last ten minutes. It goes all humanistic to try to make the inherent determinism of the behavior genetics approach a little more palatable for general audiences. It moves from research to philosophy. My classes seem to appreciate that, but it is a switch in direction at the end.

Overall, it is an outstanding effort for something that was created for TV.
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My beau once mentioned the study about how good smells are indicative of immunological compatibility when I couldn't shut up about how good he smelled early in our relationship...

It's true, my beau smells damn good.

Overall, an excellent documentary. There's a lot of good information in there, and a couple theories I hadn't actually heard.

The experiment where people paired off by attractiveness was probably fairly traumatic for the participants, though. '_'

They do get a bit soft on science at the end for the sake of romance. I understand. I hope to mate for life, afterall. I do, however, think all behavior can be explained with enough context.
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