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Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?    by Jena Pincott order for
Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?
by Jena Pincott
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Delta, 2009 (2008)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In her Introduction to Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? : Bodies, Behavior, and Brains - The Science Behind Sex, Love, & Attraction, Jena Pincott tells us that her book 'explores the hidden side of love, sex, and attraction' and addresses almost a hundred of her own questions about 'science, sex appeal, and the subconscious.'

To find answers, the author 'searched hundreds of peer-reviewed studies in diverse disciplines: biology, evolutionary psychology, anthropology, neuroscience, endocrinology, and others' (she provides a long list of sources at the back of the book). She was fascinated by what she discovered, just as her readers will be. Of course these are topics that can easily be treated lightly, and Pincott covers them with humor - as can be seen from the chapter titles alone: Face First, Following Your Nose, A Sound Choice, The Racy Parts, His-and-Hers Hormones, Signs and Signals, Sex and Seduction, The Dating Mind-Set, and Love on the Brain.

Read the book and learn things like the impacts of extended eye contact and facial symmetry on love at first sight; the reason why blue-eyed men tend to prefer blue-eyed women; how your genes affect which sweaty men you like to snuggle up to; how meat-heavy diets reduce attractiveness; that a deep voice adertises testosterone and a high-piched one estrogen; that 'long, vibrant hair is a cue of youth and vitality', as is 'a wiggle in your walk'; how hormones increase women's attraction to ladykiller types; what digit ratios say about you; what body language is effective in dating; how mood contagion works; the value of volunteer dating; how love changes the brain; and much more.

Curious about your own dating and mating behaviors, as well as those observed around you? Then look no further than Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? (sadly for most of us, the answer to the question is yes, they do have an edge).

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