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  • Sex Research: Doing More Good Than Harm

    Anyone who’s tried to do sex research in the US knows how difficult it is to get your study approved by the IRB (Institutional Review Board) – the research police imbued with the power of granting or withholding permission for all social science. IRBs all across the country regularly freak out when they see a study about sex, even those that require nothing more than answering a few sex questions in an anonymous survey. You all know how scary and traumatizing voluntarily talking about sex can be. And when the studies are a bit more involved, their reactions go bat-shit

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  • Who’s More Distracted During Sex: Straights or Gays?

    Think about having sex. Now think about what you like to think about while you’re having sex. Am I gonna get an STI? Do I look fat? Is this immoral? When is that conference paper due, again? Is this weird-looking thing that I’m sucking on her clit? These are probably not the thoughts you want to be thinking, right? Yet such cognitive distractions can and do happen to all of us at some point during sex. And when they do, unsurprisingly, they negatively affect sexual functioning and satisfaction. So who is more distracted, men or women, gays or straights, and

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  • Straights Are More Gay When Gay Is OK

    We like to think of sexual orientation as something that is pretty stable and that, once established during childhood or early adolescence, doesn’t change much. We certainly don’t think it can change in response to fleeting, casual influences from our environment. Well, a new experimental study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology says what we think is wrong. Across three experiments, researchers at UCLA found that heterosexually-identified men and women  reported significantly more same-sex sexual desires and interests when they were exposed to positive, supportive information about homosexuality than when they were exposed to negative, stigmatizing information. In

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  • Felching, Anyone?

    While sex itself is clearly pretty sexy, sex science is usually not. Once, a friend of my husband who is not a social scientist (he’s a computer geek) decided to read one of my published research papers. After reading a few pages, he said to my husband: “I never thought you could make sex sound so boring!” I’m not sure what he was expecting to find in an academic paper – even one on a sex-related topic, but I can assure you that academic papers, sex or no sex, will not typically give you an erection or make your panties

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  • 9-Year-Olds Think About Sex Too

    In the U.S. today, we like to think of pre-adolescents and early adolescents as asexual. We like to keep our image on them as not yet soiled by the filth that is sex. We also tend to think that children and pre-adolescents need to be protected from any kind of exposure or information to anything sex-related. Of course, all available evidence points to the fact that children and pre-adolescents do have sexual interests, desires, curiosities, and behaviors. And there is no evidence to suggest that exposure to sexuality (unless forced) is detrimental to their well-being. But this country often cares

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  • The Holiday Season Sex Effect

    Sex is a seasonal matter: in the U.S., there’s a spike in sexual activity during the cold, winter months, and then another, smaller spike during early summer. For example, we already know that during these two times of the year, condom sales shoot up, first intercourse happens more often, and children are more often conceived. Consequently, abortions and STI diagnoses increase in the first 3 months of the year and in late summer-early fall. (Here‘s a review paper on this.) These two, 6 months apart, seasonal cycles are so consistent and intriguing, that they have their own names: the holiday

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  • Sexy Narcissists

    Narcissist are not the nicest people around – they have unrealistically inflated views of themselves, an annoying sense of entitlement, and blatant disregard for others. Yet, they seem to have a special sexual appeal that many men and women fall for, at least initially (until they reveal their true colors). Or so they say narcissists themselves. For example, narcissists claim that: – they find it easier to start new relationships (see here); – they feel they have more alternatives to their current dating partners (see here); – they have more sex partners (see here). But you can’t really trust narcissists.

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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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Why do ppl swipe right (or left) on #tinder? #HotOrNot Via Science of Rels. ow.ly/BIyD30fcPcp ... See MoreSee Less

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