Women’s brains are more stimulated than men’s when aroused, study says

Are you really that surprised?

Olivia Petter
Wednesday 17 January 2018 15:13 GMT

Female arousal is far from a simple matter.

You may have known this already, but now there’s a scientific study that proves just how complex a woman’s mind can be when it comes to intimacy.

As it turns out, a woman’s brain is far more stimulated than a man’s when they are aroused.

Researchers at McGill University in Canada conducted an experiment with 20 men and 20 women, each of whom was shown erotic film clips while their brains were linked to two scanners.

The first was an MRI machine which tracked the stimulation in their brains while the second measured levels of arousal via a heat-seeking camera that targeted participants’ genitals.

While the difference between male and female brain stimulation was not massive, scientists noted a consistent disparity between the two which showed women had higher levels of brain stimulation than men when they were aroused.

“There were no brain regions in men with stronger brain-genital correlations than in women,” the study states.

While the study offers some interesting findings, Qazi Rahman, a psychology lecturer at King’s College London has said that more research would be needed in order to draw any certain conclusions about the complex nature of female arousal.

“I think the finding that women have greater brain-genital correlations compared with men is interesting, and the combination of brain imaging with genital temperature measurement is innovative,” he told The Times.

“I think it’s a case of wait and see if these findings are replicated before any further conclusions can be drawn.”

The findings were published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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