Scientists at Rutgers University are studying the female orgasm using functional MRI (fMRI). During the experiment, women masturbate with the help of a dildo inside the fMRI machine so the team can study which areas of the brain are activated by arousal.
First they map the cervix, uterus, and clitoris to regions of the brain to create a sort of sexual homunculus. Then the women get ten minutes to stimulate to an orgasm, which is signaled to the researchers by raising a hand.
The researchers have ideas in mind for therapeutic practice by putting people who are having trouble with getting an orgasm into the fMRI and giving neurobiofeedback.
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Inside Jersey: Rutgers lab studies female orgasm through brain imaging