8 ways sex affects your brain

February 5, 2015 10:00 AM

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8 ways sex affects your brain

Understanding how sex affects your brain can improve your roll in the hay, and it may also shed light on other parts of your health, said Barry R. Komisaruk, distinguished professor of psychology at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. It's not the easiest subject to study—test subjects might have to masturbate in an MRI machine—so research is still developing. But scientists are starting to unravel the mystery. Here's what we know so far about your brain on sex.

Sex is like a drug Sex makes us feel good. That's why we want it, like it, and spend so much time hunting for mates. The pleasure we get from sex is largely due to the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that activates the reward center of the brain. Dopamine is also one of the chemicals respons...

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