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January 25, 2006

Oxytocin, Again: Sex Before Public Speaking Calms The Nerves

Really? Sex calms people down? Who knew?


Researchers say sexual intercourse can help
calm the nerves in stressful situations.

That's ABCNews' picture, by the way, just in case you weren't sure what sex might look like. I'm not even sure that is what sex looks like, actually. It's more like what a diamond advertisement looks like. I think they cropped the tagline, "Give her the karat and the stick."

Helpful caption, too.

Forget pretending you are talking to one person or concentrating on a single point in the audience - having sex is good way to calm nerves before giving a speech or presentation.

But Stuart Brody, a psychologist at the University of Paisley in Scotland says it has to be full sexual intercourse to get the best results.

He studied nearly 50 men and women who recorded their sexual activities for two weeks and analysed its impact on their blood pressure levels when under acute stress, such as when giving a speech.

He discovered the volunteers who had sexual intercourse were the least stressed and had blood pressure levels that returned to normal more quickly than people who engaged in other types of sex.

Other types of sex?

...

He believes the release of the so-called "pair bonding" hormone oxytocin might explain the calming effect.

His alternate theory is that getting bent "just kind of takes the edge off." But he'll need more money to confirm that.

In related news, Karol says "Forget it."

From your source for Iranian nuke news & semi-pornographic "studies."


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