The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain: The Neuroscience of How, When, Why and Who We Love

The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain: The Neuroscience of How, When, Why and Who We Love

The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain: The Neuroscience of How, When, Why and Who We Love

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.

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  1. Robin Macdonald said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 12:55 am

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    If only I had known, January 2, 2012
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    This review is from: The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain: The Neuroscience of How, When, Why and Who We Love (Hardcover)

    This is a most extraordinary book as it so clearly explains the connection between what we think we want and what our bodies respond to. I wish it had been available years ago.

    Robin MacDonald

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  2. LeapYearGirl said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 1:23 am

    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Science without the jargon, January 7, 2012
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    This review is from: The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain: The Neuroscience of How, When, Why and Who We Love (Hardcover)

    Fans of Judith Horstman’s previous Scientific American books (“Day in the Life of Your Brain” and “Brave New Brain”) will recognize her easy conversational writing style in her latest offering, an engaging exploration of the neurobiology of love. The book is structured into short digestible sections centered around specific topics such as “The Chemistry of Love,” “How Love and Sex are Good for Your Brain” and questions like “Can Meditation Make you a Better Lover? and “Can the Brain Predict Betrayal?” The author has a journalist’s knack for asking intriguing questions and then presenting the answers with just enough depth for a reader who wants to learn about actual scientific findings without having to decipher technical scientific jargon. There is a glossary and color illustrations which are helpful, but this is not one of those books where you need to constantly consult the glossary to understand what’s going on. There are lots of references to popular books, movies, songs, and other pop culture references that provide useful examples and illustrations for many points. Some of the most interesting sections in the book deal with how Facebook is changing our relationships and the benefits of a loving bond with your pet. This book deals not just with romantic love, but the love of parents for their children, friendship, love of pets, and even love of God are discussed. If you enjoy other Scientific American publications, give it a try. It will make you wonder why we use the heart as a symbol of love when the brain is so intimately associated with every kind of love.

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  3. Communic8or said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 1:40 am

    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    An amazing (but detailed) peek into “this thing called love”, January 6, 2012
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    This review is from: The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain: The Neuroscience of How, When, Why and Who We Love (Hardcover)

    Judith Hortsman takes us into the mysterious world of love, sex, and our brains with wit, wisdom with her trademark skilled writing style. She leads the reader on an amazing journey, explaining the effects of love from the moment we draw breath and gaze into our mother’s eyes to the screaming hormones of adolescence and beyond to our adult years, using a combination of biological research, documented human reaction, and life experience only a seasoned writer could express. This book is a definite keeper. I recommend it to anyone and everyone who is curious about what REALLY makes the world go ’round.

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