What is OpenPSYC?

OpenPSYC is a free online resource for students in Introduction to Psychology courses. Use the links on the right to learn more about the site, visit a course module or search by keyword.

Sex and the Brain

When we studied behavioral psychology, there was an implicit assumption: creatures are inherently motivated to seek pleasure and avoid pain. That means we have some sort of system that decides what we find rewarding (pleasure) and what we find aversive (pain). Our brain is designed to deliver the experience of pleasure when it encounters things that would be advantageous: fatty foods to give us energy and keep up warm, laughter to keeps us bonded as a social group, and sex to motivate reproduction. Let us take a brief look at the brain’s “pleasure center” and what happens when it is directly stimulated.

Read: What happens in the brain during an orgasm? (http://goo.gl/DstnNa)