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Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: Bodies, Brains, and Behavior---The Science Behind Sex, Love and Attraction | [Jena Pincott]

Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: Bodies, Brains, and Behavior---The Science Behind Sex, Love and Attraction

Cosmopolitan meets Scientific American in this entertaining and informative question-and-answer book on human attraction. Based on the latest studies in science, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? answers more than 100 wild, weird, and very pressing questions.
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Publisher's Summary

Cosmopolitan meets Scientific American in this entertaining and informative question-and-answer book on human attraction. Based on the latest studies in science, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? answers more than 100 wild, weird, and very pressing questions, including:

  • Why do some men smell better to you than others?
  • Are good dancers also good in bed?
  • Why are more women than men bisexual?
  • Can your genes make you adulterous?
  • What can you tell about your date by looking at his or her hands?
  • Why aren't there more male muses?
  • Why do blondes seem to attract the most attention from men?

    All of these questions have answers that are based in science, and author Jena Pincott explains the reasons for love and attraction, and to what extent our dating and mating lives are controlled by urges and instincts. Organized into three sections---Behaviors, Bodies, and Brains---Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? provides useful, funny, and accessible answers to these questions.

    ©2008 Jena Pincott; (P)2008 Tantor

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      Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 04-15-09
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      "A Great Change of Pace"

      Jena Pincott uses scientific evidence, anecdotes and case studies to inform listeners about a the most interesting aspects of our daily lives. The book is fast moving, well written and well read. Pincott answers +/1 100 questions related to sex and sex related issues. Each is clearly presented and rooted in the literature. She never misses a beat, keeps the listener intereseted always, and informs everyone. If you are going to listen to this adio in the car, think about the age and attitudes of other passengers within ear shot. The book isn't "dirty" but it is adult.

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      Chip Bellevue, WA, United States 11-30-09
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      "Fascinating for all"

      Contrary to one review I read, the narrator is very good. But then... I'm a man. I guess you'll have to read the book to know why that is significant.

      Read this if you love to learn why we are the way we are. The author has cobbled together many lines of research and presents the findings in a compelling, light-hearted way.

      As a man, it is nice to hear lots of justification for why we prefer certain women and that personality is definitely not the only meaningful reason to prefer someone. That goes for women too. Women will learn why they love to bury their faces in their lover's pillow or t-shirts. Why are high heels sexy? And how to tell if your date is going well by looking into your date's eyes and listening to the way they speak.

      It is fascinating to learn how much our subconscious and deep down brain functions play a role in what we consider to be beautiful. One group was shown pictures for 13 milliseconds and still "accurately" judged the attractiveness of the subjects. In that amount of time, they didn't really even get a look at the faces they were rating, but they still could tell if they were attractive.

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      dave Bloomington, Israel 12-29-08
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      A great listen. Clever and insightful!

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      "Science of Attraction"

      I like to know the "why" behind the action, and this book explains it in a very entertaining way. The author cites a lot of studies. I know I will listen to it again!

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      "very informative"

      Her information is in line with current scientific literature. Her voice is pleasant. I learned a lot.

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      "Good book - ridiculously annoying narrator"

      20 seconds into the book I found myself wanting to throw my Ipod across the room. The narrator's voice is probably the most annoying sound I've heard in a long time. She should find another line of work. It was almost distracting from the content of the book. Vocal fingernails on a chalkboard - seriously.

      As far as the book goes - interesting information, most of which I'm sure we've heard at some point in time already. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable and entertaining.

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      "Fascinating, for guys and girls"

      Very well written and well read study of all the various factors which contribute to people being attracted to each other. These include voice, hair, body mass and body ratios, and dozens of others.

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      "Evolutionary psychology on partner selection"
      What made the experience of listening to Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? the most enjoyable?

      While it does address the question in the title (using surveys and principles of evolutionary psychology, it explains what causes so many men to prefer blondes), the book goes way beyond that. In fact, the question about the preference for blondes is only one rather small part of this book. Instead, the book uses the field of evolutionary psychology to examine what some of the factors that determine mate selection and attraction are.


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      "Bad Title / Better Book"

      Bad title but pretty good book. Pincott, and her book, are smarter then her title - and you can learn some pretty good science from this slim, well-written and enjoyable volume.

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      "Horrible narrator. I just wanted her to shut up."

      I was highly distracted by the drama queen narrator. I will not buy another audible book that she narrates.

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