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The Scientific American book of love, sex, and the brain : the neuroscience of how, when, why, and who we love / Judith Horstman.

Horstman, Judith. (Author).

  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780470647783
  • ISBN: 0470647787
  • Description: xiv, 242 p., 16 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2012.

Available copies

  • 2 copies at NOBLE (All Libraries).

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 155.3/Horstman (Text to phone) Available -
Middlesex - Bedford Campus Stacks BF575.L8 H663 2012 (Text to phone) Available -

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Note: Who do you love? -- Introduction: What is this thing called love? : So what is love? ; Love is a many splendored thing, and the Greeks had a word for all of the types ; The basics of your brain in love and sex ; I've got you under my skull: love in your brain ; You make me feel so good: the pleasure center ; The very thought of you ; How scientists research love and sex in your brain -- 1. Born to love: why people need people : Do you see what I see? How mirror neurons connect us ; The dangers of involuntary mind merging ; The chemistry of love ; Love is everywhere: where love grows in the brain ; A brain unable to love: inside the brain of a psychopath ; Baby face, you've got the cutest little baby face -- 2. Learning to love : How your parents affect your love life ; Love at first sight: the earliest lessons in love ; If you could read my mind: moms do ; A mother's everlasting love ; How parenting primes your brain for love ; Parenting rewires the daddy brain as well ; How father love feeds both brains ; Postpartum depression: misery for mom and baby ; Loving the one who hurts you: why children cling to abusers ; What if things went wrong with that first love? ; In the end: do parents matter? -- 3. His brain, her brain, gay brain, and other brains : How real are the differences? ; The five genders of the brain ; His brain, her brain: the geography ; So what does this have to do with love? ; Our changeable brains ; Some myths about male and female brains: true or false? ; Toujours gay: the gay brain is born that way ; Can animals be gay? Better to call it bisexual ; I am what I am ; The third gender: when gender and sex do not align ; Are there asexuals among us? On the possibility of a fourth sexual orientation -- 4. That old black magic: your brain in love : How love and sex are good for your brain ; When love occupies your brain ; Who do you love? And who loves ya, baby? ; You've got that lovin' feelin', but what turns you on? ; You go to my nose: the power of smell over sex ; A kiss is (more than) just a kiss ; You light up my brain ; What's love got to do with it? Plenty it turns out, for women -- Need some love potion? Try a bit of oxytocin spray ; I'll have what she's having: what makes a better female orgasm? ; Does the penis have a brain of its own? ; When things go wrong: a fine romance --
5. Friendship, such a perfect blendship: or, with a little help from my friends : Is friendship declining? ; Are you lonesome tonight? 60 million other Americans are ; You've got a friend, or you should? ; Widening the social circle ; Imaginary friends: TV characters can ease your pain ; Until the real thing comes along: your brain on Facebook ; Work, the "other love" in your life ; Can animals love? Yes, and more ; How to make friends -- 6. Only you can make my dreams come true: let's get married : Grow old along with me: the marriage benefits ; You make me feel so good: romance lowers stress ; Finding that special someone: looking for love in all the wrong places? ; Falling and staying in love ; I've grown accustomed to your face ; My one and only love: are we monogamous? ; Granny's got to have it ; Your hormones may drive you apart: a tough pill to swallow ; Making love last: I get a kick out of you ; Can pornography help your love life? ; Love will keep us together: lasting romance is embossed in the brain ; Will you still need me when I'm 64? -- 7. You've lost that lovin' feelin': when love dies : Breaking up is hard to do: how rejection affects your brain ; The jilted brain ; After the love is gone, you ache and ache ; Can't live if living is without you: the widowhood effect ; Achy breaky heart: can you die of a broken heart ; Ain't no cure for love, but acetaminophen could help ; Every time you say goodbye, I die a little: why it hurts to leave your lover ; Broken promises: can the brain predict betrayal? ; Coping with a breaking heart -- 8. For the love of God : Searching for God in your brain ; Epilepsy, the temporal lobe, and God ; Strokes of insight: brain changes and spiritual awakening ; Religious ecstasy is like romantic love, in the brain at least ; God on the brain: what brain scans show ; Could religion shrink your brain? ; The evolutionary roots of God thought ; God neurons may be everywhere -- 9. Technology, science, and the future of sex : The wonderful world of cybersex ; Sex in bits and bytes: the future of virtual sex is here -- 10. How can love survive? : But what of love?
Summary: "A fascinating look at how the brain controls our relationships and romances. Neuroscientists, psychologists, and most men and women readers today have learned that the brain is Grand Central Station for our most erotic associations, memories, and secret desires. The latest research shows that the popular myth is true: Sexual orientation and identity is hard-wired, the result of our neurological predisposition, not a choice or result of socialization. We instinctively crave connection and relationship as an essential part of our well-being, self-esteem, and pleasure. The process of achieving and recovering from orgasm ignites the same pleasure centers in the brain as exercise, music, religion, food, alcohol, and drugs. Sexual desire can be triggered by a thought, a smell, a touch, or the sight of an object of desire. These sensorium are located at different parts of the brain, and can be activated indefinitely into our senior years. Filled with little known and fascinating information about the brain. The third Scientific American book in the series about the brain. The core science and latest research is drawn from the prestigious Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazines"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Love.
Sex (Psychology)
Sex (Biology)
Neurosciences.
Scientific American, inc. (Added Author).

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Alternate Title: Book of love, sex, and the brain

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