Sex On The Brain: Orgasms Unlock Altered Consciousness

BrainKayt Sukel writes in New Scientist:

With a click and a whirr, I am pulled into the scanner. My head is strapped down and I have been draped with a blanket so that I may touch my nether regions — my clitoris in particular — with a certain degree of modesty. I am here neither for a medical procedure nor an adult movie. Rather, I am about to stimulate myself to orgasm while an fMRI scanner tracks the blood flow in my brain.

My actions are helping Barry Komisaruk at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, and colleagues to tease apart the mechanisms underlying sexual arousal. In doing so, not only have they discovered that there is more than one route to orgasm, but they may also have revealed a novel type of consciousness — an understanding of which could lead to new treatments for pain.

Despite orgasm being a near-universal human phenomenon…


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  • justagirl

    why doesn’t barry just stick his head under the blanket and help her out?  should she conduct the entire experiment herself?  geez.

    • Guest

      bc they wanted to make sure she had an orgasm.. 

      • justagirl

        that’s the computer’s job. 
        modest results for a modest study. 

  • justagirl

    why doesn’t barry just stick his head under the blanket and help her out?  should she conduct the entire experiment herself?  geez.

  • Ricky Jazzercise

    Isn’t this the basis for sigil magick? What about orgasms in altered states? Just saying.  

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      Then you go into SUPER altered consciousness. Its cooler than regular altered consciousness. 

    • Hadrian999

       it isn’t the basis for sigil magick, just a technique used in part of it

  • Ricky Jazzercise

    Isn’t this the basis for sigil magick? What about orgasms in altered states? Just saying.  

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Then you go into SUPER altered consciousness. Its cooler than regular altered consciousness. 

  • Hadrian999

     it isn’t the basis for sigil magick, just a technique used in part of it

  • Guest

    bc they wanted to make sure she had an orgasm.. 

  • justagirl

    that’s the computer’s job. 
    modest results for a modest study. 

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