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How sex can make you smarter: Scientists say it encourages the growth of brain cells and improves long-term memory
- Study found rats developed a greater number of brain cells after mating
- This increase in neurons can restore cognitive function, such as memory
- After sexual activity was stopped, improvements in brain power were lost
- A separate study suggests having sex can counteract the effects of stress
PUBLISHED: 19:56 BST, 14 January 2014 | UPDATED: 21:07 BST, 14 January 2014
Having sex makes you smarter, research suggests.
A study found that middle-aged rats made more new brain cells after mating.
Researchers at the University of Maryland also credited frequent sexual activity with increased brainpower.
However, the benefits to the brain were lost if the creatures stopped mating.
A second study, also published last year, suggested that having sex counteracts the effect of stress on the brain – at least in mice.
However, while having sex may make you smarter, the converse is not necessarily true.
The Atlantic website reports: ‘Being smarter does not necessarily mean you’ll have more sex.
‘Smarter teens, in fact, tend to delay the initiation of their coital activities.’
In any case, making new brain cells may not be enough.
Psychologist Tracey Shors told a Society for Neuroscience conference that hard work is needed if these cells are to survive.
She said: ‘You can make new cells with exercise, Prozac and sex.
‘If you do mental training, you’ll keep alive more of the cells you produced.
‘And if you do both, now you have the best of both worlds – you’re making more cells and keeping more alive.’
New research shows orgasms make you smarter
Rutgers University recently released data showing that sex is more powerful at strengthening the mind than any brain game.
The French word for orgasm means ‘little death.’ Applying a Gallic sensibility then, and in the case of current research into feminine sexual arousal, it seems that whatever doesn’t kill you, only makes you smarter.
For years now, science has advised us to keep our brains sharp and supple by lubricating them with new challenges — learn to play an instrument, study a second language, take up chess.
More banal armchair options for keeping your mind youthfully sharp include doing crosswords or Sudoku, putting together jigsaw puzzles.
Now neuroscientist professor Barry Komisaruk, from Rutgers University, who has spent years studying female sexuality, recommends mastering the universal language of love if you want to give your brain the ultimate power workout, according to a recent article in the Daily Mail.
As it turns out, sex isn’t just for procreation or even pleasure — if you’re doing it right, it may just send you rocketing to the top of the class.
The female orgasm sends a mighty surge of blood flowing to the brain, says Komisaruk, dramatically increasing mental activity throughout the length and breadth of all that resistant grey matter.
The New York Times crossword, by comparison, only lights up parts of the brain — its benefits are localized.
As much fun as a brain teaser can be, it’s probably fair to say that most people would label it a distant second in the contest between sex and Sudoku, when it comes to entering the pleasure dome.
Not only do orgasms make you smarter but they also appear to block out pain, which is good news and bad news for women everywhere, especially those in long-term relationships with men who are not Michael Fassbender.
The next time you beg off, pleading a headache, he may be quick to remind you that he has the cure.
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The same host of hormones and chemicals that turn you on also impact other brain processes that help you think clearly, boost your memory, and improve your problem-solving skills.
So a dry spell doesn’t just mean you’re missing out on fun — the lack of frequent sex can also affect your mental state
. Here are six science-backed reasons why having sex
makes you smarter.
1. It grows more brain cells.
Bed down more often and you’ll actually grow more neurons in the brain, found University of Maryland researchers
. Consistent sex generates more brain cells in the area of the hippocampus, a region associated with information retention. And when the subjects went through withdrawal after a heavily sexually active period? “The improvements in cognitive function were lost despite the presence of more new neurons,” the authors say.
2. It protects us from chronic stress.
Stress is bad for your brain and your business
: It destroys your concentration, makes you indecisive, and causes tension. Fortunately, frequent sex, according to a study published in PLOS One
, protects our brains from stress hormones (called corticosterone) that cause these negative emotions. It appears that not only does sex increase neuron growth, it also produces hormones aimed to lower corticosterone levels.
3. It boosts memory.
Can’t remember the last time you had great sex? Then step it up — because frequent intercourse can help maintain memory. In one brain research study
, for example, scientists compared the learning and memory of mice and found that those who had sex often had better “recognition memory function.” Then, in a new Dutch study
of 1,700 people between the age of 58 and 98, researchers identified a strong link between those who had active sex lives and better memory recall.
4. It enhances analytic skills.
Think the best sex for the brain should be the romantic kind, served up with champagne and soft jazz? Quite the opposite, say scientists
. Looks like the sheer act of mindless sex promotes more analytical and concrete thinking when compared to romance’s impact on the brain. “When in love, people typically focus on a long-term perspective, which should enhance holistic thinking and thereby creative thought, whereas when experiencing sexual encounters, they focus on the present and on concrete details enhancing analytic thinking,” say study authors.
5. It may make us more open.
Thanks to oxytocin
, a brain hormone that’s released during sexual arousal, you’re more likely to be outgoing and social after regular bedroom interludes, say scientists from Montreal’s Concordia University
. “If someone is feeling very distressed, oxytocin could promote social support seeking, and that may be especially helpful to those individuals,” says study author Christopher Cardoso. Plus, circulating oxytocin also makes us less sensitive to social rejection.
6. It keeps us sharper than Sudoku.
We’ve all heard by now that puzzles are good
for keeping our brains sharp. Rutgers scientists
say that orgasms may be even more effective at maintaining our cognitive health. Scientists came to this conclusion after studying brain MRIs of subjects taken during orgasm. While brain games light up only parts of our gray matter, gratifying sex activates the whole brain at once.
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