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DIRTY MINDS: How Our Brains Influence Love

KAYT SUKEL    Book Number: 77023    Product format: Hardback

Are men and women really on different planets, Mars and Venus for instance, when it comes to sex? Newly divorced and hoping for some scientific pointers on how to behave as she enters the dating pool once more, the author sets out to examine the neuroscience of relations between the sexes. She starts with oxytocin, a hormone associated with motherhood, because the experience of childbirth changed her whole relationship with her partner, and she wants to know more about the neurobiology behind it. Reactions to different images play their part in sex research, and the advent of neuroimaging techniques such as CAT scans has enabled scientists to track the changes in the brain associated with love, sex and a whole range of reactions and emotions. Sukel discovers that areas of the brain's frontal cortex are fuelled by dopamine, a potent neurotransmitter shown by a scanner to be central to the experience of falling in love. Watching rhesus monkeys' mating rituals provides a particularly illuminating insight into mismatches between male and female behaviour, for instance where the females wanted immediate sex and the males preferred to go through the preliminaries. Sex hormones like oestrogen and testosterone send signals to the brain, operating like a gate that enables the subject to pick up social clues. Attraction, fidelity, cheating and even orgasm are subjected to the verdict of the scanner, while love of God is tested on a group of Carmelite nuns. 269pp, diagrams.

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ISBN 9781451611557
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