Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: Bodies, Behavior, and Brains--The Science Behind Sex, Love, and Attraction by Jena Pincott


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  • Pub. Date: September 2008
  • 368pp
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    • Pub. Date: September 2008
    • Publisher:Random House Publishing Group
    • Format: Hardcover, 368pp


    Cosmopolitan meets Scientific American in this entertaining and informative question-and-answer book on human attraction. Based on the latest studies in science, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? answers more than 100 wild, weird, and very pressing questions, including:

    —Why do some men smell better to you than others?

    —Are good dancers also good in bed?

    —Why are more women than men bisexual?

    —Can your genes make you adulterous?

    —What can you tell about your date by looking at his or her hands?

    —Why aren't there more male muses?

    —Why do blondes seem to attract the most attention from men?

    All of these questions have answers that are based in science, and author Jena Pincott explains the reasons for love and attraction, and to what extent our dating and mating lives are controlled by urges and instincts. Organized into three sections—Behaviors, Bodies, and Brains—Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? provides useful, funny, and accessible answers to these questions.

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    In these playfully written scientific anecdotes, Pincott (Success) argues that desire is strongly rooted in evolutionary biases and consults a variety of studies-some familiar, others cutting-edge-to reveal the extent to which hormones dictate human behavior. Even idle ogling is a serious endeavor: humans constantly rate each other for levels of attractiveness, a signifier of male and female hormones. When women are ovulating, estrogen rebuilds the female face, making lips fuller and skin smoother; Pincott cites studies showing that strippers earned twice as much during the fertile phase of their cycles as when they had their periods, while those taking birth control earned significantly less money throughout. The book also has the scoop about whether penis size matters (it does), how the post-orgasm rush of oxytocin promotes bonding and why women are tempted to cheat during certain times of the month. It ends with a look at the neuroscience of love, which despite all the jostling and jousting of dating and mating, appears to be very much alive when measured by MRI studies of passionate couples. (Oct.)

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    A fascinating and unusual readby amis61

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    October 17, 2008: This book makes it clear that there is a lot more to attraction than meets the eye.

    This makes for a very... "enlightening" readby SugarNP

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    July 18, 2009: When I read this book I couldn't help but nod my head at nearly every finding or statement the author made. Unfortunately the book is written and set for women, making it odd at some points for a man to read. It is a rather funny read and gave me much insight into how the male (my) mind runs or thinks about. For women, if you want to understand men, read this book. Guys if you want to understand yourself and certain choices we make, and want some insight into the female psyche this book makes for an interesting read. Overall its a great book. If you're a couple and looking for something to read together I deffinitely recommend this.

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