Pucker up. I’m gonna lay some science on you!
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When you really think about it, kissing is an odd human behavior. You know, all the rubbing of our faces all over each other. So there must be a good reason why we do it, right? From motherly comforts to testing the genetic compatibility of your “mate” . . . the science of kissing is pretty awesome.
Check out “The Science of Kissing” by Sheril Kirshenbaum: http://amzn.to/Nuy0TE
Sheril’s book has an extensive bibliography if you’d like to look more closely at any of these studies, but here’s a couple that I mentioned:
Study of facial features and attractiveness (“men prefer fuller, redder lips”): http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/psp/68/2/261/
Claus Wedekind’s famous “t-shirt” study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7630893
“Why do mothers cradle their babies on the left?” by Sieratzki and Woll, 1996 http://www.researchgate.net/publication/14543476_Why_do_mothers_cradle_babies_on_their_left/file/60b7d51558c9d65700.pdf
Want to know more about the famous Austin mural where we shot this? http://www.austin360.com/news/entertainment/share-your-i-love-you-so-much-photos/nTzPW/
Did you catch the cameo from Julia Wilde? http://www.youtube.com/user/wildescience
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The Scale of the Universe – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhQ8jUKWef0
How Science Defines a Year – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGjP3vAZGa4
The Science of Snowflakes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUot7XSX8uA
Why We Cook: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpfwu__PF7Y
Ghosts of Evolution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWW5OuxlKec