Science of Love, Sex, and Babies

Publishers Weekly — First Review for Chocolate Lovers!

Posted in book reviews, magazine articles, media, news, parenting, pregnancy, science, sex by jenapincott on August 4, 2011

My first review for Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?, from this week’s Publishers Weekly.


Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies: Exploring the Surprising Science of Pregnancy
Jena Pincott. Free Press, $15 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-4391-8334-2
Science writer Pincott (Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?) began her research when she was pregnant; her daughter was born during the writing process, and she describes the work as “curiosity -driven,” urging readers to flip to the pages that interest them most. As Pincott negotiates her pregnancy, she explores a wide array of subjects expectant parents will find utterly captivating, drawing from studies in evolutionary psychology, biology, social science, neuroscience, reproductive genetics, endocrinology, and largely from research in the field of epigenetics, the influence of environment on the behavior of genes. She examines each phase of her own pregnancy, addressing odor and taste aversions (the “gag list”), vivid dreams, how diet affects a gene’s behavior, and a wealth of other subjects. She delves into how dads react to pregnancy (many put on weight) and makes the remarkable observation that what grandma ate when pregnant way back when may influence the baby’s future health (“I’m eating for two generations,” she quips). While readers will be entertained and fascinated by this text from start to finish, the concluding chapter, “Lessons from the Lab,” offers expectant mothers a valuable summary of practical research-based tips (moderate stress experienced by mom may actually be good for the fetus; eating a chocolate bar a day may improve baby’s temperament). Pincott writes with humor and vibrancy, bringing science to life.

Eternal Sunshine of the Springtime Mind

Posted in magazine articles, media, science by jenapincott on May 28, 2011

Warm weather isn’t just good for the flowers. Sunny days have been linked to higher stock returns, and touching a warm object can make people more generous. My article in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal.

WSJ Saturday Essay

Posted in magazine articles, media, news by jenapincott on March 27, 2010

Here’s a link to my essay in today’s Wall Street Journal. To attract attention, the WSJ gave it a lightning-rod title: “Why Women Don’t Go For Macho Men.” Men, please stop sending me hate mail! My article — and the study on which it is based — are more nuanced.

(The print edition has the title “The Masculine Mystique,” which inspires an entirely different response.)

BLONDES in the media

Posted in magazine articles, media by jenapincott on February 15, 2010

A few fun international links to BLONDES in the last couple days. One in the Sunday Times and the other in BusinessWorld.

“Blondes” in the Daily Record

Posted in magazine articles, media by jenapincott on May 26, 2009

brand Nice mention of “Blondes” in today’s Daily Record.

“Blondes” in Newsweek!

Posted in book reviews, magazine articles, news by jenapincott on September 29, 2008

Here’s my interview with, discussing various aspects of BLONDES, from pheromones to hair, and waist-to-hip ratios to “cheating genes.”

“Blondes” in Glamour!

Posted in magazine articles, news by jenapincott on September 13, 2008

The October issue of Glamour has a three-page article on DO GENTLEMEN REALLY PREFER BLONDES?! The writer liked the bits about ovulating women, body language, likability and long-term attraction. It’s titled “Five Times You’re Sexy to Men….and Don’t Even Know It!”

“Blondes” in Redbook

Posted in magazine articles, news by jenapincott on September 6, 2008

See Redbook‘s article on Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?

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