WHY SEX FEELS GOOD. SCIENCE HAS FINALLY DISCOVERED EXACTLY WHY SEX FEELS SO GOOD. Then, science had a cigarette.
You might be thinking to yourself, “What kind of half-baked question is that? Sex feels good because it’s sex, and sex feels good.” Hmmm… when you think about it like that, nobody is actually sure just why doing the deed leaves us feeling great.
Sure, the neurotransmitters and hormones and whatnot released during sex have a lot to do with all the nice things your dick feels after a good lay, but scientists haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly what it is that feels so good. Until now.
According to a new study, sexual pleasure puts you in some sort of trance, as if you were meditating, or drank a bunch of Ayahuasca with the Indigenous peoples of Amazonia. Just kidding. It’s not that entrancing. But close enough.
The rhythmic movements and intense sensations of pleasure lead to an altered state of consciousness in which we perceptually block out any other stimuli, and devote our full attention to boning the person on top of us.
“The idea sexual experiences can be like trance states is in some ways ancient,” says Northwestern University neuroscientist Adam Safron. “Sex is a source of pleasurable sensations and emotional connection, but beyond that, it is actually an altered state of consciousness.”
According to Safron’s new study, published in the scientific journal Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology, he found that humans are all about “rhythmic timing,” which are apparent in music and dance, so it only makes sense that we vibe with sex. Ever get totally absorbed in the music while listening to Pink Floyd? Yeah, me too. Anyway, it’s kind of like that.
The rhythmic nature of sex, like that of music and dance, causes our neurons to oscillate at the same frequency, bringing us to sensory absorption, which is why we get “lost in the moment.” This phenomenon, my friends, is called neural entrainment.
“Although obvious in retrospect, I was not expecting to find sexual activity was so similar to music and dance, not just in the nature of the experiences, but also in that evolutionarily, rhythm keeping ability may serve as a test of fitness for potential mates,” Safron said, enlightening us all.
As always, thank you, science, for answering yet another pressing question life had faced us with.
You won’t believe the strange thing that happens to your body during sex
WHAT happens to your head during sex is pretty bizarre.
If you’ve ever wondered why getting down and dirty leaves you feeling great, scientists think they’ve finally discovered the answer.
Believe it or not, they reckon sexual pleasure actually puts you into a trance.
Getting jiggy can lead to an “altered state of consciousness” as we tend to block out all other sensations and focus solely on the act.
Neuroscientist Adam Safron from Northwestern University explained: “The idea sexual experiences can be like trance states is in some ways ancient.”
He continued: “Turns out this idea is supported by modern understandings of neuroscience.
“In theory, this could change the way people view their sexuality.
“Sex is a source of pleasurable sensations and emotional connection, but beyond that, it is actually an altered state of consciousness.”
And according to his new study, published in the journal Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology, there are some interesting links between sex, music and dance.
Researchers found that the human orgasm is all about rhythmic timing – just like music – and sexual activity influences brain rhythms.
The Phd student said: “And although obvious in retrospect, I was not expecting to find sexual activity was so similar to music and dance, not just in the nature of the experiences, but also in that evolutionarily, rhythm keeping ability may serve as a test of fitness for potential mates.”
Meanwhile scientists recently discovered the real reason we have oral sex.
Going down has become just or perhaps more popular than sex nowadays because it doesn’t lead to pregnancy, but it does actually serve an evolutionary purpose for both men and women.
According to a study published in the Journal of Reproductive Immunology, the reason women perform oral sex on men is because swallowing semen can make your body become accustomed to someone’s DNA.
This is helpful for the immune system during pregnancy because the woman’s body won’t view the man’s genes as “foreign”.
Disorders during pregnancy are often because the body thinks the foetus is a “foreign body” but thanks to swallowing sperm you can acclimatise yourself to the new DNA.
As for why men pleasure women, a study found that giving oral sex is proven to stop ladies from cheating – and the more they get the less likely they are to play away.
Researchers at Oakland University quizzed 243 heterosexual men in relationships to see whether they performed cunnilingus to make their partner feel more satisfied in the sack.
They found that men are more likely to perform oral sex if they think their partner is attractive and at risk of being seduced by another man.
To prevent a woman from straying, men make an effort in the bedroom by making her orgasm through oral.
From an evolutionary angle, this prevents sperm competition which is basically when another man tries to muscle in on your partner.