On the Cutting Edge of Dutch Science

Monday, July 11, 2005

On the Cutting Edge of Dutch Science

The latest research from the University of Groningen reads like a list of straight lines for a Jay Leno monologue.

An orgasm is literally a mind-blowing experience for a woman, scientists have revealed. Much of her brain shuts down when she reaches a sexual climax.

The discovery was made during experiments in the Netherlands when couples' brains were scanned during lovemaking.

Neuroscientist Dr Gert Holstege, from the University of Groningen, said it appeared that shutting down the brain during orgasm ensured that obstacles such as fear and stress did not get in the way....

Men were studied in the same way but because the male orgasm typically takes such a short time it was difficult to obtain meaningful brain scan data....

And there could be a connection with the aphrodisiac effect of alcohol.

"Alcohol brings down the fear level," said Dr Holstege. "Everyone knows if you give alcohol to a woman it makes things easier."

Anyone else slightly creeped out by that last quote?

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