Scientists' Research

Abstracts on sex, orgasm, and mating

'Neuroenhancement of Love and Marriage: The Chemicals Between Us'

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love pillHere's an intriguing piece by some Oxford academics, Julian Savulescu and Anders Sandberg. Although we think trying to use pills to keep couples together would be extremely unwise, we understand that there don't seem to be many options once one really sees the human dilemma clearly...especially if one is convinced that 'sexual satiation equals wellbeing.' We can't help wondering if these authors would trumpet the ethics of changing behavior to increase the chances of remaining in love with as much gusto as they recommend popping theoretical mating pills with risky outcomes.

The more orgasms, the less attractive women find men

annoyed woman with crossed armsLast year a sexologist did research on women engaging in various kinds of sexual activity for 30 days - and tested them to see how attractive and friendly they found (unknown) men's pictures. He was trying to prove that women engaging in PVI (penile-vaginal intercourse) would find pictures of strange men less attractive than the other women did, because they would be more bonded with their mates.

Marriage: It's Only Going to Get Worse

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dead CupidWith evidence this clear that there's something different about intimate relationships, it's only a matter of time before some researcher finally begins to consider the role of our mating neurochemistry in our unions.

If your spouse already bugs you now, the future is bleak. New research suggests couples view one another as even more irritating and demanding the longer they are together.

The same trend was not found for relationships with children or friends.

Dopamine, Prolactin and Ginkgo Biloba

ratsAs we have been pointing out for years, dopamine and prolactin (which we think of as the "gas" and the "brakes") play key roles in sexual behavior. New research confirms prior findings in this regard. Gingko biloba enhances male copulatory behavior. The dopamine (reward) circuitry is affected; prolactin levels drop.

Ginkgo biloba extract enhances male copulatory behavior and reduces serum prolactin levels in rats