Monday, July 17, 2006

"Really Spectaular Sex Research" in Atlanta

Who knew Emory University was such a hotbed of sexual exploration?  The reward for late-night TV surfing was finding something both smutty, educational, and about Atlanta. Doctor Drew Pinski, host of Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew, interviewed Emory University's Stephen Hamann about his research into sexuality and the human brain.  

The episode had married male/female volunteers get into an MRI for 30 minutes, and be shown 200 pictures.  From puppies and bunnies to sexually explicit images, the images were linked to specific activity in the brain.  When asked by her husband how his brain looked, his sweet wife responded, "it looks big and masculine."  Just the answer a guy wants.  

The show did have one unexpected bit of news for myself.  For "typically heterosexual" men, they have a "same-sex threat response" shown by brain activity in the primal areas of the male brain.  Pictures of nude men evoked the same unconscious reaction as if the men had seen a picture of a snake or an angry face.  This was even true of the Dr. Drew.  

Women do not respond this way.  Meaning, from this day forward that man on the show will be begging his wife for the threesome he always wanted but never dared ask for. And for that she has science to thank.

1 comment:

Amber said...

It's too easy, though, to write off the "same-sex threat response" as attributable to "nature" (you already know my opinion of using "natural" as an argumentative point). It's just as likely that it's nurture, not nature, at work here - ie, social conditioning from an early age leading to het men experiencing certain reactions within the brain. It has been proven that early experiences literally (yes, literally!) shape the brain and forge connections within it; the earlier they are, the harder they are to change, but it can be done. (I blame all this science-talk on my Cultural Anthropology class in college.)