Dirty Minds by Kayt Sukel
How Our Brains Influence Love, Sex, and Relationships

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Previously published as Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence Love, Sex, and Relationships.

PHILOSOPHERS, THEOLOGIANS, ARTISTS, AND BOY BANDS HAVE WAXED poetic for centuries about the nature of love. But what does the brain have to say about the way we carry our hearts? In the wake of a divorce, science writer and single mother Kayt Sukel made herself a guinea pig in the labs of some unusual love experts to find out. This Is Your Brain on Sex is her lively and hilarious examination of the big questions about love and sex, previously published in hardcover as Dirty Minds.

Each chapter of this edgy romp through the romantic brain looks at a different aspect of love above the belt. What in your brain makes you love someone—or simply lust after them? Why do good girls like bad boys? Is monogamy practical? How thin is that line between love and hate? After reading this gimlet-eyed look at love, sex, and the brain, you’ll never look at romance the same way again.
 

About Kayt Sukel

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Kayt Sukel's work has appeared in myriad publications, including Atlantic Monthly, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, Continental, American Baby, and Cerebrum. She is a partner in the renowned family travel website, TravelSavvyMom.com, blogs about international eating for UpTake.com, and is also a frequent contributor to the Dana Foundation's many science publications.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Free Press. 290 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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A neuroscience writer with a failed marriage checks out the latest research on the brain, searching for an answer to the big question: What exactly is love?

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Frequently citing both human MRI studies and animal research on dogs, monkeys, and monogamous prairie voles, Sukel has thoroughly researched this fascinating subject, examining even the most delicate topics—such as her own experience as a subject in an MRI clinical study of orgasm—with a fran...

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Portland Book Review

Maybe “it’s the cheeseburgers” (see chapter 4), but this reviewer found that Sukel’s book is best taken in small doses, sessions, or whatever you want to call them, and put back on your reference – not Friday night entertainment – shelf.

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