June 20, 2005


Have no fear, Big O is here
(Associated Press, June 20th, 2005)

New research indicates that parts of the brain governing fear and anxiety are switched off when a woman is having an orgasm but remain active if she is faking.

In the first study to map brain function during orgasm, scientists from the Netherlands also found that as a woman climaxes, an area of the brain governing emotional control is largely deactivated.

“The fact that there is no deactivation in faked orgasms means a basic part of a real orgasm is letting go. Women can imitate orgasm quite well, as we know, but there is nothing really happening in the brain,” neuroscientist Dr. Gert Holstege said, presenting his findings Monday to the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

In the study, Dr. Holstege and his colleagues at Groningen University recruited 11 men, 13 women and their partners.

The volunteers were injected with a dye that shows changes in brain function on a scan. For men, the scanner tracked activity at rest, during erection, during manual stimulation by their partner and during ejaculation brought on by the partner's hand.

For women, the scanner measured brain activity at rest, while they faked an orgasm, while their partners stimulated their clitoris and while they experienced orgasm.

You have to assume that if conservatives ever manage to rein in the pornmeisters, they’ll just all go underground in university science faculties.

Posted by Peter Burnet at June 20, 2005 5:56 PM

Wheel, rediscovered.

Posted by: ghostcat at June 20, 2005 6:43 PM

Whee! - rediscovered.

Posted by: obc at June 20, 2005 9:06 PM

The above commenters are right:

a) Wheel, rediscovered;

b) More than we realy needed to read about wheels.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 21, 2005 5:23 AM