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Kayt Sukel

Author of Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence Love, Sex, and Relationships

Kayt is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the Author's Guild and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW). She has recently returned to the United States after living abroad for six years and has just published her first book, DIRTY MINDS:  HOW OUR BRAINS INFLUENCE LOVE, SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS, an exploration of the neurobiology of love (Free Press, 2012).  

Kayt Sukel's writing credits include personal essays in the Washington Post, American Baby, the Bark, USAToday, Literary Mama and the Christian Science Monitor as well as articles on a variety of subjects for the Atlantic Monthly, Parenting, Cerebrum, BrainWork and American Baby magazines. She blogs regularly about traveling on the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award winning travel blog, Travel Savvy Mom; and science, love and life at the Houston Chronicle's Hearts and Minds blog.

You can often find her oversharing on Twitter as @kaytsukel.


A Look Inside Your Pregnant Brain

What’s become clear is that, like romantic love, pregnancy is something that changes the risk and the reward processing circuit of the brain. 

This is What Love Smells Like

Everyone has a unique odor print that is built on your immune system genes and that is one of the things that attracts you to a partner. 

Why Are We Afraid to Talk About Sex?

As a society, we have so many hang-ups about sex.  If we would address that head on, we’d have a lot less problems related to it.  It’s just part of […]

Addressing sexual harassment in science

The stories come in surprising ways.  An unexpected confession over a meal or a few drinks. A warning, perhaps, to keep your distance from a particular person before a conference.  […]

Can we predict recidivism with a brain scan?

Could monitoring the activity of a brain region called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) help law enforcement officials predict which violent criminals are likely to re-offend?  A recent study out […]

Resisting “Folk Neuroscience”

One of the best things I read this week was a piece by Vaughan Bell in the Guardian entitled, “Our Brains, and How They’re Not as Simple as We Think.”  […]

Marriage doesn’t benefit everyone

You’ve heard it time and time again:  marriage is good for your health.  Studies have shown that married folks not only live longer but also enjoy better health than their […]

Psychogenic diseases — all in your head?

I have a friend who suffers from chronic pain.  She has tried meditation, acupuncture, opioids, yoga and all manner of other remedies.  Chances are, if anyone, anywhere, has said something […]

The secrets of RASopathies

What secrets might one single biological pathway be harboring? The RAS family of proteins have a unique role.  They act as a sort of relay, an on/off switch, if you […]

If music be the stuff of brains, play on…

Ludwig van Beethoven is credited with saying, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” And while some may argue the point, there’s certainly been a good bit […]

Computation + Journalism: A Paradigm Shift

Last week, I had the honor of speaking at the second Computation + Journalism Symposium hosted by my alma mater, the Georgia Institute of Technology.  The basic question asked by […]

Always as good as the first time?

In the 80’s classic movie, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, experienced high school ingenue Linda Barrett tells her younger friend Stacy Hamilton that she should just lose her virginity already. […]

What can mindfulness really do?

A good friend–I’ll call her Tandy here–is a huge fan of meditation.  She spends a good hour each day practicing “mindfulness.”  She credits her practice with a more calm demeanor, […]

Is Monogamy the Only Way to Be Happy?

There’s a pervasive notion that a monogamous relationship is the ideal.  Certainly, that’s what most Americans have been hearing for as long as they can remember.  A committed, loving relationship […]

Are all calories created equal?

It’s that time of year again.  My gym is chock full of New Year’s resolutioners–hogging treadmills and filling up space in already tight Zumba classes, desperate to lose a few […]

2012 in Review – My Favorite Things

It’s the end of the year–which means I’m reflecting on all manner of things.  It’s been an incredible year for me.  DIRTY MINDS: HOW OUR BRAINS INFLUENCE LOVE, SEX AND […]

Mapping Semantic Space in the Brain

Every moment we walk around in this big, bad world, our brains somehow make sense of the environment around us.  They manage, somehow, to process an incredible amount of visual […]

Digital “Brain Health” Market Predicted to Boom

Have you gotten a measure of your attention skills on a site like Lumosity?  Has a physician recommended that your elderly parent give software like BrainHQ a try? Then you are already part of the booming Digital Brain Health market . . .