2015

Studying Sexual Rewards: It may not be orgasm

Nicole Prause, PhD, is a sex researcher and presents questions about why we have sex and why it is important to ask these questions. Is it the orgasm that brings us pleasure or is the pleasure of sex beyond that? Nicole Prause, PhD is a sexual psychophysiologist trained at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Her research was the first to link brain responses in the laboratory to real-world sexual behaviors, the first functional brain test of “porn addiction”, and the first to use transcranial magnetic brain stimulation to alter sexual responsiveness. Much of her equipment is custom-built, including the first fMRI-safe genital vibrator and 3D-printed phallus models. She is one of the few sexual psychophysiologists still in the USA due to the controversies in conducting the research in this country. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx