Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 189–199

Electroencephalographic laterality changes during human sexual orgasm


  • Harvey D. Cohen
    • Behavioral Sciences LaboratoryMidwest Research Institute
  • Raymond C. Rosen
    • CMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School
  • Leonide Goldstein
    • CMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School

DOI: 10.1007/BF01541370

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Cohen, H.D., Rosen, R.C. & Goldstein, L. Arch Sex Behav (1976) 5: 189. doi:10.1007/BF01541370


Left and right parietal EEGs were recorded while seven subjects experienced sexual climax through self-stimulation. EEG data were quantified by continuous cumulated measurements of the integrated areas of EEG recording during successive 1-sec epochs. In eight out of 12 experiments, this measure revealed a statistically significant change in laterality. Controlled replications with two of the original subjects obviated the possibility that two potential sources of artifact (hand used for masturbation and gross body movements) accounted for the changes. While previous research has focused on vasomotor and myotonic indices of sexual response, this study demonstrates the significance of brain phenomena in sexual orgasm.

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