Sex and Cognition

Are you denying yourself the pleasures of sex due to vows of abstinence or the belief in asceticism, or are you enjoying a fulfilled and happy life as a sexual person. It may make a difference in your brain health.

Researchers in Princeton found both young and middle aged rats that have regular sex developed neurogenesis in the hippocampus and had lower levels of anxiety.

In South Korea they’ve been carrying out similar experiments on mice, except they’ve taken them one step further.

If the hippocampus is involved in memory and learning, and sex makes cells there grow, then surely sex should improve memory and learning?

To test this out, Kim et al. (2013) had some male mice locked up with horny females while others sat like monks in their cells.

Once again, sex proved beneficial for the hippocampus. But the mice were also given tests of their memory and learning ability.

The results of this showed that mice that had been having sex aced the task in comparison to their monkish counterparts.

What does this mean for us? Not much, except that exercise is good for us, and sex is form of exercise. So my (semi-) scientific advice to you is to have guilt (safe) free sex. May not actually make you smarter, but it can’t hurt either.

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