“The Female Erotic Brain, Mapped”
Recently, the article reporting how the brain’s sensory cortical fields of the clitoris, vagina, cervix, and had been mapped using fMRI has been floating around. I know Jtotheizzoe put it out there…anyway the big “surprise” is about the nipple finding, and how in the brain they connect to the same regions as the genitals - but I think the other interesting relationship was what followed, hinted by the image above…here’s is a little background:
That the clitoris, cervix, uterus and vagina each mapped to distinct spots in the brain was not surprising, not only because women report different experiences in response to stimulation of these areas but also because they use separate nerves to carry signals to the brain.
Ok, so there are 4 nerves that do the work here and the researchers thought 4 individual nerves should have their own individual ending spots. That could make sense, right? But they report:
“We did see differences in the distribution of the sensory responses, but they are all clustered in same genital region.”
This may help explain why women describe experiencing distinct types of orgasm related to vaginal and clitoral stimulation. But what makes a sensation erotic remains mysterious. Komisaruk notes that many people find foot stimulation to be erotic, for instance. That may be because the region associated with sensation from the genitals is right next to the region for the feet.
That’s some interesting engineering and might even it clear up the Marsellus throwing that guy over the balcony for giving his wife a foot rub debate. Moving on…
… neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran reported two cases in which people who had had a foot amputated described their orgasms as being experienced not just in the genitals but also in “phantom” feet. ” It enlarged their sense of orgasm, and they felt it in their foot as well as their genitals. Via
Image. Journal article.