Kissing: More Than a Tease

Is kissing unique to humans? Why do we do it? What is its biological role, with our spouse, our children, our friends and family? {I can’t imagine saying goodnight to my children without a peck on their foreheads or cheek – why am I compelled to do so?}

These are questions that researcher and science journalist Sheril Kirshenbaum addresses in her newly released book “The Science of Kissing – What Our Lips Are Telling Us” (Grand Central Publishing, January 2011.)

While this book has already been reviewed by the press, the publisher has invited me to write a review for ScienceBlogs, from the point of view of a biochemist.

Note: You can read my full book review here.

If the brief video is not a sufficient teaser, here are some selected tilte of Chapters:

The Anatomy of a Kiss
Women Are From Venus, Men Are Easy
This Is Your Brain on Kissing
The Right Chemistry

Clearly, this behavior is more than a tease.

Note: Video used with permission by publisher.


  1. #1 Concert Grand
    January 27, 2011

    A man snatches the first kiss, pleads for the second, demands the third, takes the fourth, accepts the fifth – and endures all the rest. ~Helen Rowland

  2. #2 Magic Of making Up
    August 2, 2011

    I do not think kissing is unique to humans since there are reports of similar actions from our cousins… the chimps. Since chimps and man share almost identical DNA structure, it is only obvious that similar behavioral patterns can coexist. However, from what I think, many mammals and birds do kiss but in their way. Take dog for example; they lick us to show love, gratitude, etc. while we kiss in such emotions. And it differs with each animal.

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