Saturday, October 20, 2018
Books

What's Dawn Maslar reading?

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Dawn Maslar

Maslar, who built her career as "the love scientist,'' is seeing the release of her book Men Chase, Women Choose: The Neuroscience of Meeting, Dating, Losing Your Mind, and Finding True Love this week. The book studies the four phases of love: the norepinephrine-charged meeting phase, the dopamine dating phase, the insane falling-for phase and the safe, long-term phase. Maslar, 51, has been featured in TEDxED talks and on NPR and Daytime TV, and on Nov. 12, she brings her research (and tips) to the Times Festival of Reading at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg as a featured author.

What's on your nightstand?

I've got stacks, but mostly I've been reading journal articles because of my work with TEDxEd. (The talk is called "How Love Transforms Your Brain.") The last (book) I enjoyed was Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation.

What journal is on your nightstand?

There are several different scientific journals. For example, this one is PsychoNeuro Endocrinology Journal, and since I have associations with universities, I log into archives, like at the Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library.

What did you think of Assassination Vacation?

I was disappointed it was over. It was smart, and you learn something about history, although she's a little snarky. Her writing flows, and she's informative.

What did you read when you were younger? Were you into science, or art?

I was an artistic nerd and then I got a microscope when I was 12. I liked to read a lot as a kid. I do remember loving books on murders and serial killers. I also loved The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. We had a tree that I loved sitting in and reading.

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