Sex can elicit a roller coaster of emotions, so much so it's oftentimes confusing what's actually going on— in both your body and your brain. Whether it's casual, committed, or somewhere in-between, you're always going to feel something. Even if it's just I want to have sex more. What's interesting, though, is those feelings can oftentimes be traced back to biology and brain chemistry. And it makes sense.
Love, Actually: The science behind lust, attraction, and companionship
Love, Actually: The science behind lust, attraction, and companionship - Science in the News
These devices can measure the blood flow and neuron activity in the brain. By studying the brain activity of people having orgasms in these machines, scientists have learned some pretty amazing stuff. There's a reason why people tend to feel bolder and less inhibited during sex — the part of your brain in charge of your logical reasoning skills temporarily goes on vacation. This is the part of the brain that is responsible for reason, decision making, and value judgments. This shutdown of the lateral orbitofrontal cortex actually makes sense, as fear and anxiety can interrupt arousal and lead to problems like performance anxiety.
This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Have Sex
Researchers in one study found that couples in the first stages of romantic attachment had significantly higher levels of oxytocin than their unattached counterparts. But oxytocin is tied to more than just new love. Some of these include:.
Scientists in fields ranging from anthropology to neuroscience have been asking this same question albeit less eloquently for decades. It turns out the science behind love is both simpler and more complex than we might think. What we do know, however, is that much of love can be explained by chemistry. Think of the last time you ran into someone you find attractive.