Now, thanks to research from the State University of New York at Albany, there's scientific evidence to support their claim. A kiss transmits a sumptuous supply of data ranging from health, fertility and commitment level to sexual receptivity, according to researchers. Evolutionary psychologist Gordon Gallup and two former graduate students surveyed more than 1, Albany undergraduates about their kissing motives and practices in heterosexual relationships.
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Anthropological studies suggest that kissing is an acceptable practice in up to 90 per cent of cultures. Photograph: iStock. In early human societies, it is believed mothers weaned their babies by chewing up their food and then passing it to their babies by lip-to-lip contact. Yes and no. Most other primates use kissing as a form of conflict resolution and bonding rather than foreplay to sexual intimacy. Bonobo apes — our closest genetic relatives — kiss both for comfort and to socialise. Some studies suggest that kissing allows a couple to get close enough to assess the scent of their kissing partner. Human scent is an indicator of our immune system involving genes known as the major histocompatibility complex MHC genes. The theory goes that people are attracted to a mate who has different MHC genes, who, if mated with, would potentially produce a baby with a more diverse immune system that is better able to fight disease. This, in essence, is the biological explanation for why opposites attract.
The evolutionary origins and physiology behind mouth to mouth kissing
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. This article was published more than 10 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. If you've never stopped to ponder the deep psychological ramifications of your answer, fear not: U. They have discovered, in research published in last month's issue of Evolutionary Psychology, that a kiss is definitely not just a kiss. Planting a wet one on your sweetie is, in fact, a deliberate step in a mating dance choreographed by millennia of evolution. According to the study of 1, college students at the University at Albany, men and women kiss for very different reasons - and we're hard-wired to prefer different techniques. Women kiss to assess the commitment of a mate - is he really that into me? The study determined that men like their kisses wetter and with more tongue: To be precise, 33 per cent wetter and with 11 per cent more tongue, on average, than women do.
What's in a kiss? A study by Oxford University researchers suggests kissing helps us size up potential partners and, once in a relationship, may be a way of getting a partner to stick around. And we are still not exactly sure why it is so widespread or what purpose it serves. To understand more, Rafael Wlodarski and Professor Robin Dunbar set up an online questionnaire in which over adults answered questions about the importance of kissing in both short-term and long-term relationships. Rafael Wlodarski explained: 'There are three main theories about the role that kissing plays in sexual relationships: that it somehow helps assess the genetic quality of potential mates; that it is used to increase arousal to initiate sex for example ; and that it is useful in keeping relationships together. We wanted to see which of these theories held up under closer scrutiny.