6 Fascinating Facts About The Brain And Sex
1. Seasonal Attraction
Our patterns of sexual attraction appear to change seasonally. For instance, heterosexual men report greater attraction to women’s bodies and breasts in the winter months than they do in the summer months. This can sound counter-intuitive, but it may be because the skin is more of a novelty in the winter when everyone is constantly bundled up.
2. A second is enough to figure out if we are attracted or not
Actually, half of a second is all it takes for our brain to decide if a potential partner is attractive or not, according to Dr Stephanie Ortigue, whose work is focused on social neuroscience “We’ve found the brain knows who we desire and when we desire before we are aware of it.” Even more fascinating, the researchers found it takes even less time for our subconscious to identify a person we find unattractive.
3. Men really want to please women
While this idea is treated as a myth by many, biologically speaking, men are wired to pay special attention to their partners during intercourse. If a woman is not “responsive” or “engaged” during sex, this can raise suspicion and distrust, neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gadam quoted in their book, A Billion Wicked Thoughts. Men can start to wonder If I’m not turning her on, who is?
Even in cases where it’s all about sex without even being in a relationship, they suggest, men are still motivated to satisfy their partners though in this scenario, it may have less to do with ensuring her fidelity and more to do with protecting his reputation: “For most of human history, if a woman rejected her partner for being a bad lover, it’s a good bet that everybody in the community would find out about it. That would lower the gentleman’s value among other women.
4. Ovulation affects sexual attraction for both genders
It turns out that the 12-to-48-hour window when a woman is ovulating has a “love potion” effect on both genders. Fertile women exhibit a stronger attraction to typical alpha males than when they’re not ovulating. Men, on the other hand, appear to find ovulation something of an aphrodisiac. In one study, men rated armpit odours of women at various stages in their menstrual cycle, and the most attractive smells, according to the participants, came from women who were ovulating. A similar study found men even to consider the faces of ovulating women more attractive.
5. Happy couples believe great sex takes work
The myth that the honeymoon phase lasts forever for the happiest couples is a lie. The truth is, after a few years, sexual satisfaction begins to wane for most couples. The key to maintaining a great sex life, according to new research from the University of Toronto, is recognizing that it requires work and effort to keep the flame alive. In other words, the assumption that great sex is automatically supposed to happen is often what prevents great sex from actually happening.
6. The longest orgasm
Even though the male orgasm seems to get all the attention, it turns out the women get the last laugh when it comes to climaxing. The average female orgasm lasts 20 seconds, 14 seconds longer than the male’s six-second orgasm.