When turned on, women use more of their brain than men do

When turned on, women use more of their brain than men do

SexMay 29, 2018 By Karisha Lucero

To quote the famous Irish poet and playwright of the 1890s, Oscar Wilde, “Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power.”

So, who holds the power in the ever-relevant battle of the sexes? According to a recent neuroimaging study published to "The Journal of Sexual Medicine" — women do.

The study, authored by Mayte Parada of McGill University, reports sexual arousal activates more brain regions in women than men. Researchers at McGill University sought to understand the neural mechanisms driving the subjective and physiological responses in men and women, and how those responses influenced each other as sexual arousal moved up the chain to the Big O, or in sciencey terms, sexual climax.

PsyPost reports:

In the study, 20 men and 20 women viewed movie clips while infrared thermal imaging was used to monitor genital temperature and functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to monitor brain activity. The participants were all between 18 to 31 years old.

Among the men, temperature changes in the penis were associated with activity in various regions of the brain, including the supramarginal gyri, frontal pole, lateral occipital cortex and middle frontal gyri.

Among the women, temperature changes in the clitoris and outer labia majora were associated with activity in the same brain regions. However, genital temperature was also associated with activity in the anterior and posterior cingulate cortex, right cerebellum, insula, frontal operculum, and paracingulate gyrus.

Parada further explains to PsyPost, neural processes that take place during sexual arosal via erotic visual and auditory stimuli produce genital arousal responses; in basic English that means, sexual things that we see and hear make our lady and man parts respond by literally heating up, men-getting a boner, women-getting wet, and the wonderful rush of blood to the vascular southern comfort of our nether-regions.

Parada says, “This close relationship seems to be stronger in women than it is in men. It does not mean that women think more or require more intellectual stimulation when sexually aroused, however, it could mean that for women what’s going on in the brain during sexual arousal is really important for the physiological responses and vice versa.”

So, to answer your question Beyoncé, who run the world? Girls.

[cover photo mopiaoyao via Pixabay]