Sex and Happiness
During sex people experience high pleasure, does it mean that more sex makes you happier? On the other hand, mind-wandering makes people sad. Indeed, the science of happiness indicates that flow states - when one is immersed in what they do without thinking about anything else - make us happy. I will discuss the complex interaction between sex, relationships and happiness, I will discuss what makes us happy, and will show how our intuition is remakebly helpless regarding our happiness.
Our intuition is that we want because we like but brain-wise, the two are distinct. Therefore, addicts want but get no satisfaction. I will discuss the circuitry of wanting, common mis-conceptions regarding Dopamine and pleasure centers, the case of too much wanting as in porn addiction, implications to long-term relationships, learning, and will finalize with love, is it an addiction?
Lecture 3 A Trilogy
A Trilogy: Sex, Love and the Paired-Bond Part I
Love is a mystery that its nature has kept poets, philosophers, and writers busy. Does Biology have the answer? In the following 3 lectures I will discuss initial findings from rodents, human studies, and up-to-date understanding of the paired-bond. In this lecture, I will discuss the brain-science of love, monogamy, empathy, paired-bond and of the broken-heart and how sex is related to all of those. Is there a gene for empathy? a gene for monogamy? Those are complex behaviours but surprisingly a single molecule - Oxytocin - has emerged in animal studies as a chief mediator of those.
Lecture 4 A Trilogy
Sex, Love and the Paired-Bond Part II
Is there a love potion for humans? If the discoveries in animals about the biology of the paired-bond were the cream, then the human discoveries are the cherry on-top. In this lecture I will discuss high-rating human studies that leverage the animal studies for increasing paired-bond behaviors - such as empathy, fidelity, and trust - mainly by inhaling Oxytocin. I will also discuss the the involvement of Oxytocin in sex and its possible usage as autism-therapy. Finally, I will show why modesty and caution are so important in science as well as deep mechanistic understanding of behavior.
Lecture 5 A Trilogy
Sex, Love and the Paired-Bond Part III
This lecture finalizes the trilogy with the most updated, realistic, and mechanistic science of the paired-bond. I will explain complicated high-end brain research concepts simply and accurately. I will discuss how the paired-bond is achieved through the activity of neural-networks. I will explain how information is transferred and processed using neuronal communication, and neuronal codes so that a preference to the partner is achieved. The lecture will also demonstrate the shift in brain-science from a region-specific view to a network view.
It is known that the brain is the largest sexual organ, and indeed sexual activity is controlled by the brain. I will discuss the central circuit that controls erection and ejaculation through the autonomic nervous system. I will cover central suppressors and facilitators such as Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Testosterone. In addition, I will discuss a link between sexual activity and violence, sexual orientation, and gender differences in arousal.
In this lecture, I will explain what are pleasure and euphoria in the brain. I will present a dedicated neuronal pathway for pleasant touch and will draw conclusions for the language of touch. I will discuss the science of orgasm, what is orgasm in the brain, and finally what makes sex great.
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