Neuroscientists Show How Brain Responds to Sensual Caress
I can almost hear those little geeks and nerdlings over at ScienceDaily.com giggling over this one.
Try to imagine the grant application for this little bit of research!
Okay, here it goes…
“A nuzzle of the neck, a stroke of the wrist, a brush of the knee – these caresses often signal a loving touch, but can also feel highly aversive, depending on who is delivering the touch, and to whom. Interested in how the brain makes connections between touch and emotion, neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have discovered that the association begins in the brain’s primary somatosensory cortex, a region that, until now, was thought only to respond to basic touch, not to its emotional quality.
The new finding is described in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
“The team measured brain activation while self-identified heterosexual male subjects lay in a functional MRI scanner and were each caressed on the leg under two different conditions. In the first condition, they saw a video of an attractive female bending down to caress them; in the second, they saw a video of a masculine man doing the same thing. The men reported the experience as pleasurable when they thought the touch came from the woman, and aversive when they thought it came from the man. And their brains backed them up: this difference in experience was reflected in the activity measured in each man’s primary somatosensory cortex.”
Alright, alright. That’s quite enough, gentlemen, thank you very much.
Straight guys like being touched by girls and don’t like to be touched by other guys. Thanks for the big breakthrough.
Now get your smutty little overdeveloped minds back to work on synaptic gaps or cerebral cortices or whatever it is that you guys do when you’re not trying to swindle money to pay for your grope sessions!
Honestly! Some people.
I mean really!!