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Why We Kiss: Scientific American Mind | [Scientific American]

Why We Kiss: Scientific American Mind

You'll hear how research is revealing a hidden complexity to the simple act of kissing.You'll find out how our perception of time varies by situation.You'll learn how, in the past three generations, increasing numbers of Americans have been prescribed antidepressants - and no other mental health care. You'll discover how specific genes are being found to contribute to human personality traits, like anxiety, curiosity, and impulsive violence. And you'll learn about therapy for postpartum depression, which weakens the developing bonds between mother and child.
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This issue of Scientific American Mind kicks off with an article about the neuropsychological effects of kissing on the human mind. An additional four articles address a variety of scientific issues in related fields, answering questions about how modern environmental changes could be affecting our perception of time, identifying a gene which controls stress responses, outlining possible new coping mechanisms for postpartum depression, and investigating the rising rates of antidepressant usage in the United States.

Narrator Mark Moran’s conversational tones create a welcoming atmosphere for science enthusiasts of every age and background.

Publisher's Summary

"Affairs of the Lips": Research is revealing a hidden complexity to the simple act of kissing that impacts you and your partner.

"An Odd Sense of Timing": Changes in the environment are giving rise to the subjective experience of time - and that is puzzling psychologists and brain researchers.

"The Medicated Americans": Close to ten percent of men and women in America are now taking drugs to combat depression.

"The Character Code": Researchers have found a gene that influences our ability to cope with stress and to bounce back from the misfortunes of life.

"Misery in Motherhood": Postpartum depression effects 1 in 5 women and weakens critical bonds between a mother and child - but there are remedies.

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      pieces on kissing (though the front-page pic is obviously meant to entice us more than the article itself) and the genetics of personality, though by far the most important writing in this issue is on the grotesquely irresponsible overprescription of antidepressants and the commercialization of drugs.

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