MRI video of female orgasm

At the Society for Neuroscience annual conference this week, researcher Barry Komisaruk presented a five-minute movie called “Brain Symphony”, compiled from fMRI scans of a woman experiencing orgasm. Scientific American provides this titillating plot synopsis:

The opening sonata begins with activation of the genital sensory projection zone, the paracentral lobule, followed by a cueing of the limbic system (insula, anterior cingulate, amygdala, hippocampus). During the crescendo, other areas join in for the hallelujah: the cerebellum (perhaps because of a change in muscle tension), the nucleus accumbens (a reward and pleasure center), the hypothalamus (spritzer of oxytocin, often misleadingly called the ‘love hormone’) and even the frontal cortex.

That is absolutely the hottest thing I’ve read all week.

Komisaruk could barely control his excitement: “[Orgasm] seems to activate all of the major brain systems, which we didn’t know before. I don’t know of any other behavioral process that is so powerful.”

The Guardian article about Komisaruk’s presentation includes a one-minute embedded video. It’s not clear to me if this is an excerpt from the video Komisaruk showed at SfN this week or a completely different female orgasm MRI video.

5 comments… add one

  • Vicuhda August 25, 2015, 6:13 am

    Poonus, you are an idiot, or just so awash in your own lubricating film of ntoialgsa that you failed to actually pay attention to this video or the feelings of others whom you are directly communicating with by publishing your soppy wist of a comment. Your general ignorance is stunning and your sweet recollection would be charming if it weren’t couched in such condescending tones of shame and damnation and directed at ALL OTHER WOMAN.Chances are, your weeping ingenue of an ex-girlfriend wasn’t coming from penetration alone. Unless she’s one of the something-like-7% of ALL WOMEN who rock that party trick (see also hands free heart orgasms), she probably got a little bit of clitoral frottage going on in addition to the joys of being penetrated by your magical cock. Even a little bit of clitoral stimulation in an atmosphere already imbued by arousal and enhanced by penetrative sex can be enough to send a girl over that edge, and news flash would not qualify as orgasm from penetration alone’.But let’s say she did orgasm from penetration alone still the rest of your comment is brainless and pathetic. There is no hierarchy of orgasms, except the improvement you can create for yourself with a little bit of practice and in partnered sex, good communication and a safe space. I don’t orgasm from penetration alone, but many times I cry like a child when I have an intense orgasm yes, especially when my g-spot is stimulated, and when I was emotionally bound-up in some way before the intense release of orgasm. Sometimes I laugh. Sometimes I fall asleep, sometimes I can’t speak. Sometimes my partner and I come together. It’s always beautiful and powerful, duh, it’s orgasm.Orgasms are good. Squirting ones are not better than clitoral ones are not better than quiet ones are not better than seizure-like ones are not better than see where I’m going here? You can take your ex-girlfriend’s pedestal and keep it in your pants. The two women who have responded to you also seem to feel like it’s their job to have porny, vaginal, successive orgasms for the men in their lives. They are wrong and it’s sad. Orgasms are for joy and for ourselves, and for sharing when it’s a positive space to do so orgasms are no one’s job. And ignorance like yours just perpetuates these kinds of shaming myths.Ladies, come the way you come, it’s fucking beautiful. And if you don’t have orgasms, that’s fine too. If you want one and you haven’t had one yet, buy a vibrator and hold it against your clit, through your panties, until you feel something flutter and pulse repeatedly. Then do it again. and again and again.

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