You know that feeling you get when you orgasm? If you don’t, I’m sorry, you’re missing out, but that’s not the point here. Instead, the topic at hand is that scientists have actually looked at what happens inside of our brains when we are getting off, and the results are pretty cool.
In a study at Rutgers University, scientists asked a group of women “to stimulate themselves sexually while in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner” and recorded the results. Watching the brain go from relaxed to orgasmic is sort of like the world’s coolest fireworks show:
Aside from just being cool to look at, the study actually provided some important information about women’s orgasms and the brain. According to Cosmopolitian,
Lead researcher Barry Komisaruk told IFL Science how valuable the research actually was: “It turned out to be the world’s first evidence of where orgasms occur in women’s brains,” he said, which isn’t where scientists had previously thought it did.
While it’s always been assumed that our orgasm reaches the brain via a signal travelling up our spinal chord, it turns out that it actually gets there through a long nerve called the vagus nerve (nice name) that extends into the pelvis.
Interesting, right? I mean, not as interesting as actually having an orgasm, but still – good to know. .
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