Wroclove doc wins international prize for kissing research
A Wrocław scientist has bagged an international prize for her ‘improbable’ research into kissing.
Dr Agnieszka Żelaźniewicz from the University of Wrocław won the Ig Nobel prize as part of an international team after looking into how inequalities in national incomes affect how people kiss.
Entitled ‘National income inequality predicts cultural variation in mouth-to-mouth kissing’, the research published in Nature’s Scientific Reports found that in poorer countries, romantic mouth-to-mouth kissing is more important in long-term relationships.
According to the researchers, mouth-to-mouth kissing is an effective way to check your partner for pathogens, to see if they are healthy and it helps maintain a monogamous relationship which can help survival in harsh environments.
Dr. Żelaźniewicz told TFN: “It's a great pleasure and nice distinction. However, the biggest congratulations are due to Chris Watkins, the main author of our research. I hope that Ig Nobels will increase the public interest in science, studies results and researchers' work.”
Established in 1991, the Ig Nobel prize is awarded in celebration of ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research, the aim of which is to “make people laugh and then make them think.”