Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 189–199

Electroencephalographic laterality changes during human sexual orgasm

  • Harvey D. Cohen
  • Raymond C. Rosen
  • Leonide Goldstein
Article

Abstract

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.

Key words

orgasm masturbation brain sex electroencephalogram 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harvey D. Cohen
    • 1
  • Raymond C. Rosen
    • 2
  • Leonide Goldstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Behavioral Sciences LaboratoryMidwest Research InstituteKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.CMDNJ-Rutgers Medical SchoolPiscatawayUSA

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