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The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain: The Neuroscience of How, When, Why and Who We Love Hardcover – December 27, 2011
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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.
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Horstman's book offers easy to read science. This text is a collage of informative analyses of various types of love showing to the reader how these inner and personal sensations can be analyzed from a neuroscience point of view. She also makes an attempt to define and critically analyze types of love such as the romantic (obsessive) love, the unconditional, and religious types of love, and the "cyber love"--the Internet dependency on images, sexually driven websites, and pornography. For example, in chapter nine of the book, Horstman writes: "Technology, Science, and the Future of Sex," she writes: "In his 1973, film Sleeper, Woody Allen predicted that people of the future won't bother to get all sweaty and personal for sex: they'll just step into an Orgasmatron where (presumably) a pleasure center in the brain will be stimulated by signals that zap just the right spot..... it is not so far-fetched, since we know stimulation form electrodes implanted in the brain can produce orgasms."
Horstaman is a reporter with an ability to present complex information with accuracy supported with enthralling visuals, evidences, and case studies that support each chapter's topic.Read more ›
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Easy and very informative reading. I loved it. I have so many more questions that I sourced via this reading. Read morePublished 23 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 on June 23, 2014 by steven
Interesting stuff about how the chemicals in your brain work. I wonder if they are looking for any test subjectsPublished on March 19, 2014 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 on March 14, 2014 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 on November 26, 2013 by Ein Kunde
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 on October 25, 2013 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