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21 August 2011


BookCover DIRTY MINDS: How our brains influence love, sex and relationships (Free Press, 2012), is now available at booksellers across the country.

What people are saying about DIRTY MINDS:

"[Sukel's] account of her experience inducing an orgasm while hooked up to an fMRI scanner adds spice to her quest, but the science she reports, though still inconclusive, is fascinating in its own right." --Kirkus Reviews

"In DIRTY MINDS, it was the cotton-top tamarin monkeys that did it for me...Sukel's book fairly bristles with such causes to reflect on our erotic complexity..." Ben Dickinson, ELLE magazine (January, 2012: page 107).

"With humor and flair, Sukel takes us through the whole human drama -- loving, hating, cheating, losing, orgasming, parenting, punishment, and reward -- and at the end we realize something truly startling: it's all in our minds." -- Jena Pincott, author of Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy

"Kayt Sukel's 'Dirty Minds' merges the bracing realities of science with the mysterious thrill of love and attraction.  Provocative,well-researched, and compulsively readable, this book opens the mind (dirty or otherwise) and stirs the soul." -- Lily Burana, author of Strip City, Try, and I Love a Man in Uniform

"Love and sex are two of the eternal mysteries of the human experience—but in her compelling new book, 'Dirty Minds,' Kayt Sukel lifts the curtain to give us a fresh and fascinating look at our intimate lives. Sukel shows us how neuroscientists are venturing into the realm once reserved for poets and songwriters, and returning with bold new knowledge about the brain in love and in the throes of pleasure. After reading this seductively interesting book, you’ll never think about a date or a kiss or a breakup the same way again." -- Annie Murphy Paul, author of Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives and The Cult of Personality Testing: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves.

"Sukel leaves no stone unturned as she delves into the complex, cerebral world of relationships...[her] background in psychology allows her to discuss highly technical topics in a way that will be accessible to a broad audience, including armchair scientists and sociology buffs." --Publishers Weekly

"You sure did a lot of research.  It was an absolutely fascinating read, honey, even for someone who knows nothing about the science.  But will any of it help improve your taste in men?"  -- Kayt's Mom

Other Reviews:

Crazy, Sexy, Lovely Brain Chemistry -- Almost Fearless

Recommended in the January 2012 issue of Scientific American Magazine, page 84.

Friday Weird Science Book Review -- Scicurious, Neurotic Physiology and Scientific American Blogs. 

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Looking for a source to discuss the neurobiology of romantic love, parenting, sex, attraction or monogamy?  Kayt is available for radio, print and television spots as well as for speaking engagements.  To learn more, email Kayt at

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