Can drooling make you a better kisser? Scientific evidence suggests that wet, sloppy smooches pack a bigger biochemical punch than dry kisses and thus may be more likely to lead to sex and reproduction, says Rutgers University researcher Helen Fischer, who spoke today at the AAAS conference in Chicago.
Men are particularly prone to sloppy kissing, she notes, possibly because males tend to have a poor sense of smell and taste and aggressive face sucking may be an unconscious effort to gauge a partner's estrogen levels and fertility cycle. It may also be an unwitting effort to transmit testosterone, which can be found in saliva and can increase sexual attraction. Alternatively, it may also be just plain gross. (That would be my unscientific conclusion.)
Fisher and other scientists who study "philematology," the science of kissing, believe that the act evolved as a "mechanism for mate choice and selection." It stimulates sex drive, romantic love and attachment, the latter two helping us tolerate people even when we're not having sex with them, she says. Saliva is a powerful way to telegraph your chemical goods but be warned that extra drool could backfire if your prospective mate finds you biochemically incompatible. Hence, the term "kiss of death," says Fischer. Good luck.
Uuuuuh, like not to disagree with any scientists,,,,but when DOGS (like in the picture) want to gauge Estrogen Levels
or transmit testosterone with a member of the opposite gender, they tend to sniff and lick at the other end of their prospective mates gastrointestinal tract. Which if I'm not mistaken is just a smidgen closer to their reproductive glans which secrete said, a fore mentioned hormones. (Well it's true!) Perhaps MAN or the lady professor at Rutgers got it ass backwards, the effect of pheromones at the nasal cranial nerve (part of the brain) notwithstanding an already proven receptor utilized for determining the value of those parameters. ( My Biological Punch is bigger than your biological punch!)
Popular Science has always been my source of kissing advice.
Great picture of a pitbull puppy!