Sex, Women and the Truth About What Women Think...
by Kevin Hogan
What's Really Going On Inside Women
Stick piles of electrodes on women's skulls to find out what's going on inside of that brain of theirs when various images are shown to them.
Show pictures of snarling dogs, water skiers, partially clad couples in sensual poses, etc., and something interesting happens.
FACT: Erotic images caused neural firing within 160 milliseconds of exposure. (a.k.a. really mega-fast)
FACT: That was 20% faster than any other response to any other pictures.
Question for the neurofolks: How? And if you want to be cute, "how the women?" 160 is flyin....
So the erotic images are triggering pre-instanteous reactions in women. (And now, the women will react before they know what they are saying)
The strength of reaction of women seeing those erotic images?
Same as men.
But we don't know EXACTLY what that prefrontal lobe brain activity translates into feelings/emotion at the exact moment, prior to cognitive interpretation.
In other words, with an exposure that could register in consciousness, the woman could look at the image and be repulsed, but report she liked the girl, or vice versa.
Completely switch context with me for ease of understanding:
Perhaps the Christian minister with congregation on an outing on a Sunday afternoon, sees an attractive girl. His prefontal lobes light up like a Christmas Tree but then that attraction/attention flows into his thinking process and he then perhaps publicly reacts with an intense reaction of avoidance or maybe even attack. That's a hypothetical scenario, not a fact, but you get the idea.
Internal reactions meet with conscious thoughts and feelings to create new sets of feelings and thoughts and then behaviors follow that maze.
So we know that men and women react with the same intensity to attractive women at the neural level. That's pretty surprising to me. Maybe you had it figured the other way all along. I didn't.
That said, we still need a bit more information to hone in on whether women are attracted to or repelled by erotic images of attractive women (and we'll check for a few other things as we go along...)
Now before I answer the question you're just dying to know the answer to, get ready for a real stunner...
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