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07/30/2010 10:34 AM ID: 84903 Permalink   

More Sex = Bigger Brain


Scientists at Princeton University have discovered that sexual activity can help the brain to grow, according to research done on rats. Virgin rats were also shown to be more anxious generally than those which were sexually active.

Some male rats were given access to sexually receptive females daily for two weeks and a second group were allowed to mate just the once in the same period. Scientists were then able to study the affects the activity had on the brain.

Compared with virgins, both groups had a larger number of neurons in the hippocampus. Sexually active rats also had a rise in the connections of brain cells and grew more adult brain cells.

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Rocco Siffredi is the smartest man on earth ?

  by: ProTesTa     07/30/2010 01:45 PM     
  by: slavefortheman     07/30/2010 01:52 PM     
Where does sex with yourself fit into this?
  by: silentrage   07/30/2010 02:30 PM     
What a load of crap. Sorry, but who´s idea was it to fund ´research´ like this?
  by: velger   07/30/2010 03:02 PM     
  Maybe they´re looking at this from the wrong angle  
Maybe smart rats are just more lucky.
Ever think of that? Huh?
  by: VermiciousG     07/30/2010 03:48 PM     
  Those were very lucky rats  
aside from that, this research is pure BS.
  by: jhax   07/30/2010 06:08 PM     
If true it makes a lot of a sense for me & my high school sweet heart ^_~

She is such a freak & so freaking smart.
  by: vhan     07/30/2010 07:01 PM     
your ignorance made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.
  by: ReasonableAtheist   07/30/2010 07:10 PM     
And then Jhax´s comment made me reswallow mine back.
  by: kmazzawi     07/30/2010 09:15 PM     
So more sex makes you smarter?

By all means, Porn Stars must be rocket scientists
  by: jhax   07/30/2010 09:17 PM     
Bigger brains doesn´t necessarily mean smarter.

"In studies concerning intelligence, it has been suggested that the ratio of brain weight to body weight is more predictive of IQ levels, rather than actual brain weight.

While men´s brains are an average of 10-15% larger and heavier than woman´s brains, some researchers propose that the ratio of brain to body size does not differ between the sexes.

However, some argue that since brain-to-body-size ratios tend to decrease as body size increases, a sex difference in brain-weight ratios still exists between men and women of the same size

An alternative proposal is the measurement of gray matter or white matter volume in the brain as an indicator of intelligence; the former used for information processing, whereas the latter consisting of the connections between processing centers."

This is all under "Sex and intelligence" which is a big study that is well worth looking into.

What I find is that when it comes to intelligence &/or cognition, it is a complex system that is governed by our actions/choices. Like this study for instance shows that sex does a lot more to us than we thought before.

Whats BS is the BSters.
  by: vhan     07/30/2010 10:34 PM     
I was going to joke that Einstein must of been a sex-fiend, but it turns out to be true xD

Here is another link about it, but be warned, not work friendly.
  by: vhan     07/30/2010 10:39 PM     
My ignorance? Why, because I don´t believe in stupid research that is presented in such a way as to suggest that having rampant sex makes you smarter, merely for shock news value. Brain size does not correlate with intelligence on any meaningful scale.
  by: velger   07/31/2010 03:02 AM     
True that. I think though this could show that growth of the neuron that´s stimulated from a certain chemical excitement during sex can be beneficial to certain people with medical needs. I can´t think how this couldn´t be beneficial to everyone though.

I would like to see a further study if not having sex plays a part in the brain.
  by: vhan     07/31/2010 03:41 AM     
  rats can´t masturbate  
  by: sceptre_of_fertility   07/31/2010 04:39 AM     
  :) @ silentrage  
People don;t think like that. Or maybe they do.
  by: captainJane     07/31/2010 05:10 AM     
  Please Oh Please  
Don´t let the converse be true!
  by: ichi     07/31/2010 06:12 AM     
  @ ichi  
That reminds me of Seinfeld episode "The Abstinence" where George found out that if he didn´t have sex he got smarter, & that girls needed sex to be smarter.

Good times.
  by: vhan     07/31/2010 10:54 PM     
I´m going to have say first off, it nowhere specifically states in the source, any mass gained. It states higher neuron activity, more adult cells and more connections. here´s the source

When compared with male virgins, both groups of sexually active rats had cell proliferation, or an increase in the number of neurons, in the hippocampus, a part of the brain linked with memory whose cells are especially sensitive to unpleasant experiences. The rats that had more sex also had adult brain cells grow, as well as a rise in the number of connections between brain cells.

Personally, It sounds like they take all virgin rats, make some of them not virgins and then see what appears to be little more than obvious learning growth. It´s learning more about f@%#ing. Not special, except for the stress/pleasure replacement thing. Seems to be a universal trend amongst the animal kingdom.

  by: Burnfactor77   08/01/2010 10:08 AM     
Yes, your ignorance

sex is the most important thing your body does as far as it is concerned, and anything we can learn about the brain from any source is extremely valuable. Final medical frontier much?
  by: ReasonableAtheist   08/02/2010 09:17 PM     
  @ velger  
Some deeply intelligence, crutch twitching scientist. I would think! So that narrows it down a little.
  by: Karmasplauge   08/12/2010 11:17 PM     
Now I know why it´s difficult for me to find a hat that´s big enough for my head. ;)
  by: jonsmith999   08/12/2010 11:52 PM     
  @ Jon.  
That could mean you have a big head mate. :P
  by: ThinLizzy   08/15/2010 05:18 PM     
  @ Lizzy  
How do you know he was referring to his head? Smithy may have been bragging. ;)
  by: captainJane     10/20/2010 11:49 PM     
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