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Women watching hardcore porn care more about arousal than visuals, say researchers

Apr 20, 2012

Researchers at the University of Groningen Medical Centre in the Netherlands hit on a great idea: Gather up a bunch of women, show ‘em some “High-intensity Erotic Visual Stimuli,” or pornography, and observe. Brilliant.

The women also had to watch a video with neutral content and one with low intensity sexual content. What they discovered is that the 12 women, ages 18 to 47, experienced a reduction in blood flow to the visual cortex when watching the hardcore porn, which suggests that arousal became more important than the pornography itself.

Translation: The exterior world begins to melt away when women are aroused. That is, until post-coital conversation. Then, of course, the world comes back into focus. This raises a rather troubling possibility: Women don’t actually see their male or female partner during sex. Damnation.

Researchers were able to observe these reactions by way of PET scans, which measure bloodflow to the various regions of the brain.

The researchers published their findings in The Journal of Sexual Medicine as “High-intensity Erotic Visual Stimuli De-activate the Primary Visual Cortex in Women.” Dig it.

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