Get Excited: Now You Can Blame Your Brain For Your Sexual Urges

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This just in: some of you can blame your brain for all your sexual indiscretions.

First came the revelation that — OMG! — women want sex just as much as men, and now, in an even greater scientific discovery, those of us who want sex all the time, might only have our brain to blame. All those one-night stands you have under your belt can finally have a proper excuse (that is if you need one): my brain made me do it.

A study out of the University of California Los Angeles found that, through EEG brain recording, that some people have brains that are just wired to be more sensitive to sexual cues and impulses than others. For these people, both men and women, it takes far less to get them revved up and looking for a good time, which in turn leads to more sexual partners.

The study looked into the brains, à la EEG, of psychology students to how they responded to different levels of sexually based photos, from kissing to intercourse. In addition, these students were asked the number of sexual partners they had had in the last year. It was those students who responded strongly to "nearly all of the intimacy-themed images, regardless of whether they were explicit," who had the highest number of sexual partners. These are the type of people who can probably look at a pizza and think, "Ah yes, sex," which also means these are my kind of people.

However, as Nicole Prause, an assistant researcher in the study points out, this isn't any indication of some sort of sex addiction. It just means that people with this brain wiring have a lower threshold when it comes to being turned on. In other words, now you know why your boyfriend gets an erection just because you put your hand on his leg for a hot minute, even though you mean nothing sexual about it.

Prause hopes that those who are aware of this brain wiring of theirs will help them from making risky sexual behavior decisions. She advises that these sex-on-the-brain-24/7 people learn to manage their urges and "not get too excited" when out on the prowl. I'm not exactly sure how one manages such a thing — perhaps running to the closest cold shower every time a sexy thought arises? But that would mean there being a public shower on every corner and I don't foresee that happening.

What it really comes down to is that some of you can blame your brain for all your sexual indiscretions, and passing the blame on to something that's out of your control isn't a bad thing. Everyone's a big fan of passing the buck.

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