The Science of Sexual Attraction

Eric Anderson

in The Monogamy Gap

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777921
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919062 | DOI:

Series: Sexuality, Identity, and Society

The Science of Sexual Attraction

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This chapter examines the science of sexual attraction. It investigates how attraction works; why we are attracted to people, and how that attraction affects us biologically. It explores both sociological and biological theories of attraction: facial beauty, pheromonel influences, and even attraction to similarity. This is important, because heightened sexual attraction enables a couple to believe that they will be satisfied with sex with just this one other person, indefinitely. But our mechanisms for sexually desiring others do not turn off just because one is in love.

Keywords: sexual attraction; beauty; attraction; faces; pheromones

Chapter.  3297 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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