The Chemistry between Us by Larry Young audiobook

The Chemistry between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction

By Larry Young, PhD , and Brian Alexander
Read by Lloyd James

Gildan Audio

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781469024318

  • ISBN: 9781469024295

Runtime: 11.04 Hours
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

How much control do we have over love? Much less than we like to think. All that mystery, all that poetry, all those complex behaviors surrounding human bonding leading to the most life-changing decisions we’ll ever make are unconsciously driven by a few molecules in our brains.

How does love begin? How can two strangers come to the conclusion that it would not only be pleasant to share their lives but that they must share them? How can a man say he loves his wife and yet still cheat on her? Why do others stay in relationships even after the ro­mance fades? How is it possible to fall in love with the “wrong” person? How do people come to have a “type”?

Physical attraction, jealousy, infidelity, mother-infant bonding—all the behaviors that so often leave us befuddled—are now being teased out of the fog of mystery thanks to today’s social neuroscience. Larry Young, one of the world’s leading experts in the field, and journalist Brian Alexander explain how those findings apply to you.

Drawing on real human stories and research from labs around the world, The Chemistry between Us is a bold attempt to create a “grand unified theory” of love. Some of the mind-blowing insights include:

• Love can get such a grip on us because it is, literally, an addiction.

• To a woman falling in love, a man is like her baby.

• Why it’s false to say society makes gender, and how it’s possible to have the body of one gender and the brain of another.

• Why some people are more likely to cheat than others.

• Why we sometimes truly can’t resist temptation.

Young and Alexander place their revelations into historical, political, and social contexts. In the process, they touch on everything from gay marriage to why single-mother households might not be good for society. The Chemistry between Us offers powerful in­sights into love, sex, gender, sexual orientation, and family life that will prove to be enlightening, controversial, and thought provoking.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“If you’ve ever been curious—and let’s face it, we all have—about the intricate dance of biology and behavior that both brings men and women together and pushes them apart, then The Chemistry Between Us is the book for you. Authors Larry Young and Brian Alexander explore questions as gentle as parenting and as edgy as sexual addiction with consistent style, humor, and insight. The result is a story that’s fun, fascinating, and, finally, insightful.” Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize winner; author of Sex on the Brain, Love at Goon Park, and The Poisoner’s Handbook
“Combine a first-class neuroscientist like Young, director of Emory University’s Center for Translational Social Neuroscience, and an award-winning science journalist like Alexander, and the result is likely to be an engaging book about cutting edge science. They do a wonderful job of mixing and matching human studies with those of other animals to explain how chemicals influence and, at times, control behavior associated with sex, love, and longing.” Publishers Weekly
“One wild and entertaining ride. The prose in The Chemistry Between Us is lively and fun—and provides a fresh and unapologetically pointed analysis on what understanding the neurobiological correlates of love may mean for both our relationships and our culture.” New Scientist
“A pop-science analysis of the complex brain chemicals behind lust and love…The book is sure to hook even casual science readers with its subject.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Larry Young PhD

Author Bio: Larry Young PhD

Larry Young, PhD, is the director of the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience, the William P. Timmie Professor of Psychiatry at Emory Univer­sity School of Medicine, and chief of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders at Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta.

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Author Bio: Brian Alexander

Author Bio: Brian Alexander

Brian Alexander is an award-winning journalist and the author of several books, including Rapture: How Biotech Became the New Religion and America Un­zipped: The Search for Sex and Satisfaction. He lives in San Diego.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 11.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English