Regardless of the classic lyrics of the positive singles song in the film "Casablanca," scientist Sheril Kirshenbaum says there's a lot of science behind the well-liked act of kissing. "There's a chemical basis for what occurs when our bodies meet in the lips," Kirshenbaum stated.
She started exploring the topic in depth, she stated, following writing a scientific post around the topic in conjunction with Valentine's Day. From there, the interest of other scientists blossomed and she decided there was sufficient interest for her to write a book around the topic, which resulted in "The Science of Kissing."
"There truly is really a chemical basis for falling in love," Kirshenbaum stated. "I do not believe attempting to comprehend it requires any of the romance out of the equation."
Kirshenbaum explained her theory Thursday throughout the IdeaFestival, a four-day occasion developed to market innovation and inventive considering. Daniel Erb came to the festival from Lexington and was intrigued by the topic of the science of kissing.
"It's fascinating," Erb stated of Kirshenbaum's ideas. "It's a human behavior you see everywhere."
Understanding some of the chemical and hormonal factors for kissing does not spoil the mystery, Erb stated. "It's nonetheless enjoyable."
In her study, Kirshenbaum discovered literature that explores the variations in between how women and men approach kissing. She pointed out that ladies report that a kiss is definitely an essential gauge of compatibility for them, while males frequently view kissing as a "means to an finish."
Scientifically, Kirshenbaum stated that might be connected to the limits of female reproduction, which biologically tends to make ladies wish to discover better mates because they can't have a limitless number of kids.
Frequently, she stated, a kiss can provide a window into long-term compatibility. "A first kiss is nature's ultimate litmus test," she stated.
Mindy Russo, who came from Connecticut for the festival, stated she was intrigued by the concept that hormonal reactions might play a part in the longevity of a partnership, instead of merely character compatibility. "It did not happen to me that that might be hormonal," Russo stated. "Our bodies themselves have so a lot to do with our lives."