• April 20, 2024

Orgasms ‘Rewire’ The Brain: Scientists

 Orgasms ‘Rewire’ The Brain: Scientists

Scientists have unveiled the first comprehensive brain map detailing the regions activated in prairie voles during mating and pair bonding. This small Midwestern rodent, known for forming long-term monogamous relationships, has provided a fascinating glimpse into the complexities of attachment and love.

The study, published in the journal eLife, reveals that both male and female voles experience nearly identical patterns of brain activity across 68 distinct regions during the stages of mating, bonding, and the development of a stable, enduring bond. The findings also point to a surprising connection between orgasms and neural activity.

The study addresses a fundamental question: how does sex relate to lasting love? Scientists have long recognized the importance of social bonds in enhancing the quality of life, reducing stress, and even extending lifespan across various species, including humans. Yet, the neural mechanisms underpinning these bonds, especially in the context of romantic and enduring partnerships, have remained elusive.

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Author: Joseph Curl


 

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