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  • CatalystCon East: Myths & Realities of Consensual Nonmonogamy

    This past weekend, I went to CatalystCon East, a conference for sex educators, writers, activists etc. in Arlington, Virginia. In my presentation on Saturday morning (#cconmono), I gave a one-hour talk summarizing the social science research on consensual nonmonogamy (CNM): What people think about CNM people and relationships, and what is the actual reality of CNM people and relationships. Judging by the standing-room-only audience for this first early morning session, it seems like there was a lot of interest in this topic. I absolutely enjoyed the panel, and I hope those in attendance did to. You can download the Powerpoint slides (minus the slides from

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Is there a neural correlate to #nonmonogamy? A new study with a sample size of 10 monogamous and 10 non-monogamous men (mean age of 34) sought to find out. In this study, researchers examined participants’ brain activation in response to sexual and romantic stimuli. Results indicated that monogamous men showed more reward-related neural activity when viewing images designed to evoke the concepts of #love and #romance (including images independent of the participants’ own relationships) compared to non-monogamous men. Areas with increased activation for monogamous men were all in the right hemisphere and included the thalamus, accumbens, striatum, pallidum, insula, and orbitofrontal cortex. There were *no* significant differences between groups in activation to sexual stimuli. These results demonstrate that the neural processing of romantic images is different for monogamous and non-monogamous men, suggesting that non-monogamy is not just a random choice.
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Link to study: ow.ly/v9By30fcR4v
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Why do ppl swipe right (or left) on #tinder? #HotOrNot Via Science of Rels. ow.ly/BIyD30fcPcp ... See MoreSee Less

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