from rats to orgasms


“Why is it easier for women to have multiple orgasms than it is for men?” Heiman asks. “How does it interact with attachment issues?”

There are lots of other questions, she says, but oddly, in our supposedly sex-obsessed society, it’s nearly impossible to get funding for sex research.

Another complication: The orgasm question touches on some profound mysteries about how feelings and consciousness can emerge from the brain.

For Barry Komisaruk of Rutgers University, that’s what makes the neurobiology of orgasm so fascinating. A coauthor of the semi-technical 2006 book The Science of Orgasm, he got interested in applying his field of neuroscience to sex while studying rats.

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