BBC News – Scan spots women faking orgasms
Left: fake; Right: genuine
From the page:
When they gave the couples socks to wear, about 80% of the couples were able to achieve orgasm, compared with 50% previously in this staged environment.
…………. It’s just a shame naked people in socks look so unappealing. But, hey, if wearing socks is the difference between genuine and fake then it could be worth it, LOL
The same study is reported here: New Scientist – Orgasms: a real `turn-off’ for women – I prefer this article to the one on BBC News.
From the page:
In one sense the findings appear to confirm what is already known, that women cannot enjoy sex unless they are relaxed and free from worries and distractions. “Fear and anxiety levels have to go down for orgasm. Everyone knows this but we can see it happening in the brain.”
Gert Holstege (University of Groningen) cannot explain why there is such extreme deactivation in so many areas of the brain during orgasm. Only one small part of the brain, in the cerebellum, was more active during female orgasm. The cerebellum is normally associated with coordinating movement, though there is also some evidence that it helps regulate emotions. “We don’t know what activation of the cerebellum corresponds to,” Holstege admits.
His study also revealed clear differences when women were faking an orgasm. Part of the brain involved controlling conscious movement lit up, and there was none of the extreme deactivation.
The team has already done a similar study involving 11 men, which revealed far less deactivation during orgasm than in women. However, Holstege says the results are probably unreliable and need to be repeated.
………..The problem is that PET scanners measure activity over two minutes – and in men it is all over in a few seconds.