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Sex, Electrodes & Heat

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Women are aroused as quickly as men. This may not be news to you but scientists have been trying to determine the sexual differences between men and women for years with mixed results.

Past research methods involved physically hooking up biometric measuring devices to the subject's genitals. Some speculate that this may distort the findings and serve as a "buzzkill" in setting the mood while others call this "Friday night." Either way the results have been especially poor in researching women's arousal.

Our free-loving, pot-smoking hockey-playing neighbors to the North have found a new, less intrusive, though still creepy method of research. Using state-of-the-art thermal imaging technology researchers are able to detect body temperature changes to within 100th of a degree.

Subjects were told to watch footage of pornography, travel shows and horror clips while the scientists focused their cameras on the subject's genitals. This may sound awful but remember the alternatives. Irv Binik, a McGill University psychology professor and founder/director of the Sex and Couple Therapy Service of Royal Victoria Hospital found, "Comparing sexual arousal between men and women, we see that there is no difference in the amount of time it takes healthy young men and women to reach peak arousal."

Men were slightly quicker reaching peak arousal in 665 seconds compared to women's 743 seconds but the difference is statistically insignificant. The full findings will be published in the January issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.



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