The Neurological Roots of Sexual Pleasure

Animated Brain. The brain is divided into the following lobes: frontal,temporal ,parietal and occipital.

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Sexual desire, as well as orgasm, are controlled by various influences on the brain and nervous system. Researchers have revealed many similarities between men and women; contrary to popular belief, for example, visual stimuli spur sexual stirrings in both.

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When a woman reached orgasm, something unexpected happened: much of her brain went silent.

Brain imaging studies show that achieving orgasm involves far more than merely heightened arousal. It requires a release of inhibitions, culminating in a shutdown of the brain’s center of vigilance in both sexes, and a widespread neural power failure in women.

The fascinating Scientific American article linked below explores the body of research on this compelling and universal subject.

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Sources:

* Scientific American May 2008

* Journal of Personality and Social Psychology December 2007; 93(6):1108-21

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