Female Orgasm – Brain Activity Captured in FMRI Imaging Device – Alzheimers, Depression, Anxiety

What is most scary about this  pleasure research are some of the responses (see below). “An Abomination!” was one response. Now that terrifies me. Kudos for Nan Wise, colleague and acquaintance. You will be amazed what the research findings may ultimately remedy.

Female Orgasm – Brain Activity Captured In FMRI Imaging Device20 Nov 2011

“Brain activity during a female orgasm has been described as secondary to an epileptic seizure, after researchers from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA recorded the upsurge of oxygen utilization in a 5-minute period of brain networking activity with a fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) scanner.

The researchers presented their findings at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, 2011, Washington D.C.

The video footage shows how brain activity develops during the crescendo period, the orgasm itself, and the recovery period. It shows how unrelated brain regions come to life, reach a climax of activity, and then settling back down again.

Lead researcher, Professor Barry Komisaruk, said:

“We’re looking at the sequence of brain regions that get recruited at increasing intensity leading up to orgasm. It’s such a compelling behavioral and sensory phenomenon with so many implications and so little understanding.”

Nan Wise, 54, a sex therapist, who is a Rutgers PhD candidate, reached orgasm by self-stimulation. The researchers explained that every part of her brain was activated when she reached orgasm.

Wise said:

“When I first started grad school in ’80s, we didn’t have these methods. Now we can study how the brain is recruiting these regions to create the big bang of orgasm. Secondary to an epileptic seizure, there’s no bigger brain networking event. It’s a fantastic opportunity to examine the connectivity of the brain. Theoretically, it’s going be helpful to know how things work. I think the caveat is understanding that sexuality is very complex.”

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, UK, Wise said:

“It’s my dissertation. I’m committed
to it.”

Prof. Komisaruk said they aim to find out what goes wrong in individuals of both sexes who fail to reach sexual orgasm.

The movie animation – consisting of a series of snapshots taken two seconds apart – shows how 80 different brain regions (40 on each laterality) respond. It uses colors to represent oxygen utilization levels in the brain, displayed on a spectrum from dark red, progressing to orange, yellow and finally white (highest level of activity). When orgasm is reached, nearly the entire brain becomes an illuminated yellow/white.

Female Orgasm in Brodmann Brain Regions

Early on in the movie, one can see that the genital area of the sensory cortex becomes active first – what the researchers say is a response to being touched in the genital area. Then the limbic system comes into action – this part of the brain is involved in long-term memory and emotions.

When the orgasm is about to arrive, the cerebellum and the frontal cortex become much more active – Komisaruk says this is due to muscle tension.

Activity reaches a peak in the hypothalamus during orgasm – oxytocin is released, a pleasure-inducing chemical that makes the uterus contract. The nucleus accumbens, a region in the brain linked to pleasure and reward, also becomes very active.

After the orgasm subsides, so does activity in all the stimulated brain regions.

Komisaruk has developed a technique whereby the individual being scanned can see his/her own brain activity on a monitor, providing neurofeedback. The team aims to help people learn how to alter their brain activity, and perhaps eventually improve their symptoms related to pain, depression and anxiety.

Komisaruk said:

“We’re using orgasm as a way of producing pleasure. If we can learn how to activate the pleasure regions of the brain then that could have wider applications.”

Written by Christian Nordqvist

Article URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/237976.php

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posted by She on 19 Nov 2011 at 12:42 pmWill this help support the claim that an active sex life is good for Alzheimer’s Disease prevention?

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Superb article

posted by Wes on 19 Nov 2011 at 2:40 pmThis is such an excellent article. My wife and I intend to attempt this technique so she can become a smarter individual. Constant orgasms, WHO KNEW!

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Yes mam

posted by Richard Head on 19 Nov 2011 at 2:57 pmShe, I’m quite sure an active sex life does help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and a host of other health problems. It’s good for you mentally and physically and great for relationships. Not only will it help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, but a husband with an active sex life is just plain more likely to rememner to take out the trash, do his honey dos and just be a better person to be around. Amd if you really want him to have a good memory, oral sex is wonderful for that. It’s lights up his brain, his personality and his better angels.

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Who paid for this study?

posted by jama on 19 Nov 2011 at 3:02 pmResearch for the public good? And who paid for this?

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An abomination!

posted by Ruth Henwood on 19 Nov 2011 at 10:04 pmI am horrified that funds are being diverted for what is basically a fetish and titillating interest in pornography. What a waste of money. What are our children to think!!

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Press Release – December 20th Erotic Literary Salon, 2 Featured Presentations

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon, Featuring- Gifted Writers John & Walter’s sharing sexual pleasuring stories, plus Sam Benjamin Author of, “American Gangbang: A Love Story,” Along with Salon Erotic Readings from Attendees.
Tuesday, December 20.

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2011

Contact: Susana Mayer, Ph.D., Salonnière
email: PCSalons@gmail.com – reserve a time slot to read at Salon (5 min max), guidelines at website.
www.PhiladelphiaCulturalSalons.com – blog of all things sensexual, Salon notices, guidelines.

The Erotic Literary Salon will be held Tuesday, Dec. 20. Sam Benjamin a former porn film director, has written a fascinating memoir of his journey through the surreal subcultures of the adult entertainment industry. He shall be reading excerpts from his book, “American Gangbang: A Love Story.”                                                                  “One of the Sexiest Books of the Year.” —San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Baby Boomers had Hustler and phone sex. Generation Y has PornHub and chat rooms. This month, Salon regulars John (dry humorist) and Walter (quirky humorist) will speculate on how technology and culture affect the art of self-pleasure. Come watch them argue with each other while they share embarrassing stories from their respective age groups.
PHILADELPHIA: The Erotic Literary Salon, unique in the English-speaking world has launched a growing movement mainstreaming erotica. Salons attract a supportive audience of 60 or more individuals. Approximately 20 participate as writers, readers, storytellers, spoken word performers of original works/words of others, the rest just come to listen, enjoy and applaud. Frances, our resident nonagenarian (94 years young) often recites her original erotica.

Salons gather the 3rd Tuesday of every month at TIME (The Bohemian Absinthe Lounge), 1315 Sansom Street, Center City, Philadelphia. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. (limited seating), for cocktails, food and conversation. The event begins promptly at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $10, discounted for readers, students, and seniors (65+) to $8. Salon attendees must be 21.

Creator of this event, Dr. Susana, is Philadelphia’s best-known sexologist. She lends her voice to the Salon by offering relevant information to support the discussions that arise in the Salon/blog.

“…surprisingly comfortable….Salon devotees praise her for the space she has created….”
“I think Susana is doing a very brave thing.”
Philadelphia Inquirer, February 10, 2010

“There are laughter and tears along with the hot rush of blood – to the face.
Daily News, March 15, 2010


The Sadler’s Well’s: London’s Dance House, I have followed this group since I was a dancer in the 60’s. Truly enjoy their marvelous sense of humor. Doubt you will ever see boners quite like these.


A feminist’s secret sexist fantasy – Am I Normal?

I believe the success of the Erotic Literary Salon can be traced to men and women being able to verbally express their fantasies comfortably. It is not unusual to hear stories that are clearly not within the cultural expectations of society. The following article concerns a woman who enjoys hard-core porn.

“A reader publicly rails against inequality but privately indulges in “the most demeaning” porn imaginable — why?

I am a feminist, and part of me loves porn. More specifically, the kind of porn that is created to be viewed by men. I’m not a man, though. I’m the kind of woman who will make others uncomfortable by pointing out a sexist joke in a commercial and driving the point home to people who don’t think anything is wrong with it, or by forwarding something from a sociological blog to my friends, usually something pointing out the ridiculousness of gendered products or blatant sexism. And yet, I cannot escape the fact that I find male-oriented porn extremely arousing. I know that most lesbian porn is extremely inaccurate and insulting, and it still turns me on. I’m not sure why this is, and it really bothers me. I hate how sexualized American culture has become and how all men expect women to have shaved crotches. I worry about the effect it will have on my potential future children. But I am turned on sexually (not intellectually) by the most demeaning smut. I’ve tried watching more “women friendly” porn, and the same effect isn’t there. What is wrong with me?

Oh, feminist lady friend, there’s nothing wrong with you. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and reading about this issue, because my own fantasies have often seemed to contradict my politics. In search of guidance, I found “Jane Sexes It Up: True Confessions of Feminist Desire,” a smart and edgy anthology that I recommend you snatch up posthaste. The book’s introduction points to something the inimitable Susie Bright once said in response to an interviewer’s question about how she reconciles her feminism with “the more traditional feminine roles, behaviors, fantasies, positions” that she engages in behind closed doors: “I don’t sit in bed with my dildo trying to rationalize anything!” I adore this rejoinder, but maybe you want to sit in bed with your dildo and try to rationalize things — and that’s a perfectly legitimate response as well.

It’s no surprise that a feminist like yourself would use “demeaning smut” as an escape — in fact, it’s exactly the sort of sexual cliché that one should expect. That’s right, I just called your deepest, darkest, most embarrassing fantasies cliché – but this means you’re not alone: The majority of us find an erotic charge in the forbidden. Not only is porn generally a lightning rod for controversy in feminism, but you’ve fixated on a genre that graphically represents the very concerns that the movement devotes itself to: exploitation, degradation, objectification — and so many other troubling “–ations.” There’s more friction, more heat there for you than for someone who thinks that sexual inequality is no big thing.

Jack Morin, author of “The Erotic Mind” and a San Francisco sex therapist, tells me in an email, “Compelling turn-ons spring from positive, pleasurable experiences, but also from areas of ‘unfinished emotional business’ (even trauma) in our personal development. The healing purpose of eros is to transform struggles and conflicts into self-affirmation and excitement.” A common fantasy among survivors of sexual abuse is to eroticize past trauma. These fantasies typically “involve an unexpected conviction that the ‘perpetrator’ is actually the helpless pawn of the overpowering desirability of the ‘victim,’” Morin says. “Totally the opposite of real-life abuse.” This may not be the way you choose to fight the patriarchy in real life, but as a private kink, it can be deeply satisfying. Like dreams, masturbatory fantasies simply “refuse to be constrained by the rules governing behavior, or politically correct ideals,” says Morin. “Accepting this fact can be the key to sexual pleasure and satisfaction.”

Jaclyn Friedman, a feminist activist and author of “What You Really, Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety,” agrees. “It’s a fool’s errand to expect ideological perfection from yourself or anyone else in the bedroom,” she says. “Sexual response is wildly complex, and many people use their sex lives to safely explore parts of themselves or their world that they have trouble accessing otherwise — a kind of psychodrama which can be awesome and powerful.” Regardless, Friedman recommends some reflection about the impact this “demeaning smut” has on you. Does it ultimately make you feel bad — about your body, about sex, about men? “If that’s the case, think of it maybe as the equivalent of junk food — it’s fine to eat once in a while, but making it the main staple of your diet is going to do serious harm,” she says.

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that she also has concerns about the wider cultural impact of “degrading smut,” which tends to reinforce a very narrow view of desire, sexuality and pleasure. The problem isn’t that “any particular image exists, but that so much of the one kind exists that all other types of porn are marginal at best.” Friedman asks, “Can you spend some money supporting feminist porn, even if that’s not the stuff you click with as much? Can you spend some time or effort advocating for better working conditions for porn performers?” Some may laugh it off, but just as progressives of means have devoted themselves to buying local, organic produce, it’s possible to be a conscientious porn consumer — even while enjoying politically incorrect smut.”

By Tracy Clark-Flory