Current Sexual Health Reports. SeptemberCite as. In recent decades, progress has been made in terms of understanding the neurologic and neuroendocrinologic control of sexual function, particularly orgasm.
When we think about sex, we think about the approaching, the act, the fireworks of climax… and then we usually stop there. As we saw last time, when we orgasm our brain becomes flooded with dopamine in our reward pathways of in the limbic system. This feels so intensely pleasurable that it looks just like a heroin rush to the brain, producing intense feelings of well-being Holstege et al.
Spector published the results of a study in on the genetics of female orgasm which generated a range of critical commentaries. His review tackles a new book which aims to cover the latest research on orgasm from a number of perspectives, but also gives a glimpse into the neuroscience of orgasm itself. In my view, the best part of the book is the neurochemistry of the orgasm.
Sharing personal information brings people closer together. Verified by Psychology Today. Long Fuse, Big Bang. In the orgasm department, men would seem to have it all over women.
Sex has many characteristics in common with addictive behaviors. Regulated by the brain's limbic system or "primitive brain," sex is driven by the region known as the reward circuitry. Dopamine, the craving neurochemical that impels fertilization behavior, also impels addictions to substances.
Orgasm is one of the most intense pleasures attainable to an organism, yet its underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. On the basis of existing literatures, this article introduces a novel mechanistic model of sexual stimulation and orgasm. In doing so, it characterizes the neurophenomenology of sexual trance and climax, describes parallels in dynamics between orgasms and seizures, speculates on possible evolutionary origins of sex differences in orgasmic responding, and proposes avenues for future experimentation.
Women who masturbated in an MRI machine helped scientists show that, from buildup to peak, an orgasm lights up your brain like the night sky on the Fourth of July. Here's what's going on in your mind while you're getting it on. At First Touch The brain's genital sensory cortex region fires up.
Winner, Bonnie and Vern L. This fascinating and comprehensive book is the first to explore the complex biological process leading to orgasm. Komisaruk and endocrinologist Carlos Beyer-Flores to view orgasm through the lenses of behavioral neuroscience along with cognitive and physiological sciences.
Overcome with a feeling of euphoria as a surge of blood rushes to the genitals, what exactly happens to the brain when you have an orgasm? The different nerves in the genitalia communicate with the brain about the sensation experienced. This can help explain why sensations can be perceived differently depending on what part of the body the person is being touched.