Kayt Sukel: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Kayt Sukel

Journalist and Author

Kayt Sukel is a passionate science and travel writer whose work has appeared in the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, and the New Scientist. She is the author of the controversial book, Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence Love, Sex And Relationships —an edgy, irreverent look at all the ways our neurons can wreak havoc with our hearts.

Philosophers, theologians, artists, and boy bands have waxed poetic about the nature of love for centuries. But what does the brain have to say about the way we carry our hearts? In the wake of a divorce, science writer and single mother Sukel made herself a guinea pig in the labs of some unusual love experts to get some answers. As science and technology advance to allow us a more focused examination of the intricate dance between the brain and our environments, both are shedding light on humanity’s oldest question: what is love and why does it torture and delight us so?

Sukel looks at different aspects of love above the belt. What in your brain makes you love someone—or simply lust after them? (And is there really a difference?) Why do good girls like bad boys? Is monogamy practical? How thin is that line between love and hate? Do mothers have a stronger bond with their children than their fathers do? How do our childhood experiences affect our emotional control? Should you be taking an oxytocin supplement to improve your luck in love? Who is most at risk for love addiction? In her search for truth, Sukel also has an fMRI during orgasm, ponders a cure for heartbreak, and samples a pheromone spray called Boarmate.

As science allows us a more focused examination on the intricate dance between the brain and our environments, we can use it to shed new light on humanity’s oldest question: What is love and why does it torture, delight, and transform us so? Fiercely honest and wonderfully funny, Sukel can offer no simple solutions for the curveballs love throws our way. But after hearing her discuss this gimlet-eyed look at love, sex, and the brain, you’ll never look at romance the same way again.

Sukel’s work has also appeared in a myriad of publications, including the USA Today, National Geographic Traveler, Continental, ScientificAmerican.com, American Baby, the Bark, the AARP Bulletin and Cerebrum. She is a partner in the renowned family travel Web site, Travel Savvy Mom (www.travelsavvymom.com), blogs about international eating for UpTake.com and is also a frequent contributor to the Dana Foundation’s many science publications. Samples of her work can be found on her website: kaytsukel.typepad.com—including stories about out-of-body experiences, shopping along Frankfurt’s famous Zeil, and a defense of exotic travel with young children. Sukel earned a BS in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in engineering psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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