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Brains & orgasm

2005-06-20 19:49:37.358685+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

During women's orgasms the portions of the brain controlling fear and anxiety are apparently switched off:

"The fact that there is no deactivation in faked orgasms means a basic part of a real orgasm is letting go. Women can imitate orgasm quite well, as we know, but there is nothing really happening in the brain," said neuroscientist Gert Holstege, presenting his findings Monday at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

The lack of results for changes in men kind of leaps out, but is answered further down the article:

Holstege said he had trouble getting reliable results from the study on men because the scanning machine needs activities lasting at least two minutes to record an activity. But the men's climaxes didn't last anywhere near that lone, meaning he could not reliably compare the scans before climax and during.

Prof. dr. G. (Gert) Holstege seems to have some other interesting publications that'd be worth tracking down.

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-21 12:15:06.192317+00 by: petronius

If you read the same story in the Times of London, you will also discover that it is easier to achieve orgasm if you wear socks. Perhaps the kind with non-skid pads on the bottom.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-21 13:31:49.088598+00 by: Nancy

The comic effect of the above comment is appreciated, but in the interests of women all over the world saying "eeeewww, you're wearing your socks to bed?", and having read the Times article, I feel compelled to clarify - it's easier to achieve orgasm if your feet aren't cold. So turn the heat up or just get under the covers sweetie, but leave the socks off!!!

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-21 13:42:17.593457+00 by: Shawn

Hmmm... I'm not a woman, but I've always considered socks on [my partner] to be much more of a turn-on. Has to do with partially-clothed sex being hot, I think.