We may take the power of a single kiss for granted in our day-to-day lives, but the reality is that the physiological changes brought on by locking lips can be incredibly beneficial to our physical and emotional health.
When we have a thorough understanding of the biological and evolutionary implications of this age-old ritual, we are able to use this foundation as a narrative for how and why we kiss the way we do.
In a broader context, kissing allows us to experience a deep form of attachment that is tied not just to human communities, but to the animal world as well.
About the Author
Sheril Kirshenbaum was born on May 24, 1980. After attending Tufts University and the University of Maine, she began her career as a science writer, author, and policy advocate. Currently, Kirshenbaum serves as the executive director of Science Debate, an organization aimed at integrating science and politics.
In addition to The Science of Kissing, Kirshenbaum co-authored a book with writer Chris Mooney, titled Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future.
Kirshenbaum lives in East Lansing, Michigan with her husband David Lowry and sons.