Sex makes you smarter

January 19th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Atlantic reports:

Forget mindfulness meditation, computerized working-memory training, and learning a musical instrument; all methods recently shown by scientists to increase intelligence. There could be an easier answer. It turns out that might actually make you smarter.

Researchers in Maryland and South Korea recently found that sexual activity in mice and rats improves mental performance and increases neurogenesis (the production of new neurons) in the hippocampus, where long-term memories are formed.

Wonder if they’ll do human experiments to test the hypothesis?

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32 Responses to “Sex makes you smarter”

  1. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    If the headline is correct Lecher Len should be exuding scholastic brilliance!

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  2. Harriet (4,970 comments) says:

    “….It turns out that sex might actually make you smarter…”

    Sex is sex and sodomy is sodomy. :cool:

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  3. V (719 comments) says:

    We thought thats why you were visiting Hamilton?

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  4. Steve (North Shore) (4,561 comments) says:

    More useless research to tell me something I have known for 45 years

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  5. Manolo (13,767 comments) says:

    Our friend dime must be up there with Albert Einstein!

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  6. Kea (12,838 comments) says:

    This explains PG & Rowan.

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  7. nasska (11,503 comments) says:

    ….”Wonder if they’ll do human experiments to test the hypothesis?”….

    I’m happy to offer my body for the cause. :)

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  8. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    Breaking news: Dime wins Nobel Physics prize

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  9. Steve (North Shore) (4,561 comments) says:

    I don’t think the study includes wankers Kea

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  10. Monique Angel (291 comments) says:

    I have five children. You can call me Einstein. Mrs fucking Einstein.

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  11. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    I have a few more than five…all with the one wife. We are fucking alien big head cerebral.

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  12. Jaffa (94 comments) says:

    Daz, have you found out what’s causing it?

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  13. gump (1,647 comments) says:

    If sex makes you smart, then why are there so many unplanned pregnancies?

    I’d suggest that sex makes you dumb.

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  14. Peter (1,712 comments) says:

    Bend over, luv, this makes us both smarter. Or something.

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  15. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Monique Angel (193 comments) says:
    January 19th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    but you might have only had sex five times in your entire life!!!

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  16. Monique Angel (291 comments) says:

    @Judith. Possibly four times. The last were twins!

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  17. Dany (7 comments) says:

    And that is why most porn actors go on to win Nobel prizes when they retire.

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  18. Harriet (4,970 comments) says:

    And why gay people don’t win Nobel prizes. – Well I don’t know of any!

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  19. slijmbal (1,236 comments) says:

    If that includes masturbation then I foresee all sorts of awkward conversations with teenage children ….

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  20. Kea (12,838 comments) says:

    And that is why most porn actors go on to win Nobel prizes when they retire.

    I think the fact they are well paid to do what the rest of us try and do for free says all we need to know about their intelligence.

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  21. slijmbal (1,236 comments) says:

    @Kea – I vaguely remember reading an economist article explaining how the vast majority of porn actors earn very little and are on the whole taken advantage of by the real $ earners.

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  22. Paul Marsden (998 comments) says:

    More breaking news…It also makes you live longer.

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  23. Kea (12,838 comments) says:

    slijmbal, I vaguely remember reading they are paid heaps and often go onto become shareholders in the business.

    Anyway, its about the artistic expression not the money ;)

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  24. gump (1,647 comments) says:

    @Harriet

    “And why gay people don’t win Nobel prizes. – Well I don’t know of any!”

    ——————-

    That’s because you don’t know very much about anything.

    Here is a list of LGBT people who have won the Nobel Prize (and I’m sure that I have missed a few).

    Vicente Aleixandre
    Hermann Bang
    Andre Gide
    Selma Lagerlof
    Thomas Mann
    Patrick White

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  25. Andrew McMillan (50 comments) says:

    Sex makes you smarter…

    …than you might have otherwise been, but this is not necessarily smarter than the average person.

    Wonder if they’ll do human experiments to test the hypothesis?

    Huh, are you putting your name forward for the control group DPF?

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  26. snowy (108 comments) says:

    That must mean Jacinda is a virgin then

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  27. Nookin (3,341 comments) says:

    If its all right by everyone else, I am not going to fuck a rat just so I can remember where I put the car keys.

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  28. Nostalgia-NZ (5,202 comments) says:

    Go right ahead.

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  29. iMP (2,385 comments) says:

    Which is why RABBITS are so smart y’all.

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  30. iMP (2,385 comments) says:

    Gump, so they won the Nobel Prize because they’re gay? Yeah right. No wait, Obama got one because he…um…

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  31. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    Nice one, gump.
    Harriet is an idiot.
    yep, the research could be on to something.

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  32. ChardonnayGuy (1,206 comments) says:

    Well, that explains the Christian Right and its meagre intellectual capabilities, then :)

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