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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12 Comments on "Sex On The Brain: Orgasms Unlock Altered Consciousness"

  1. justagirl | May 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm |

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

  2. justagirl | May 17, 2011 at 9:01 am |

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

  3. Ricky Jazzercise | May 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm |

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

  4. Ricky Jazzercise | May 17, 2011 at 11:50 am |

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

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

  6. Hadrian999 | May 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm |

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

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

  8. justagirl | May 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm |

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

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