KATHMANDU — Though as many as seven in 10 people will experience a one-night stand at some point in their lives, a new study from Norway suggests how women and men feel about it the morning after can vary greatly.
A team of researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Psychology along with the University of Texas at Austin, has found that about 35 per cent of women regretted going through with it the next morning, while only 20 per cent men shared this view.
The main reason behind conducting the study was due to the liberal mindset that Norwegian men and women shared regarding casual sexual encounters. The previous US study also found that women more often regret agreeing to a one-night stand than men, whereas men regret passing up the chance more than women.
For their research the team recruited 263 male and female students aged 19 to 37 years who had all experienced at least one one-night stand.
The team found the same pattern in Norway as in the US, with around 35 per cent of women and only 20 per cent of men regretting the experience to some degree.
Furthermore, most women were reportedly unhappy about the experience, with only 30 per cent claiming to have enjoyed their most recent casual sex fling.
Also, when it came to rejecting the offer, 80 pc women didn’t regret saying no, while only 43 pc men felt the same way.
The reasons behind women regretting a one night stand ranged from lack of adequate sexual pleasure during the encounter, pregnancy concerns, fear of contracting STDs among other things. Evolutionary psychology could also be a reason.
Dr Buss, one of the co-authors on the study, explained that, “Women and men differ fundamentally in their sexual psychology. A key limitation on men’s reproductive success, historically, has been sexual access to fertile women. These evolutionary selection pressures have created a male sexual mind that is attentive to sexual opportunities.”
On the other hand, most men regretted turning down a casual sex offer. So for men, continued researcher Professor Kennear, it’s a case of quantity not quality so he can improve his reproductive success by having as many fertile mates as possible.
The results published online in the journal Evolutionary Psychology.Follow @gorkhapost
Woman’s brain more stimulated than man’s when aroused
LONDON — A female’s mind reacts much more and is more stimulated than a male one when aroused, according to a recent McGill University study.
For the study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers used advanced imaging techniques to scan brain activity in volunteers while they watched porn. And, they were able to detect higher levels of activity in a number of regions of the minds of females, when compared with their male counterparts.
In the study conducted on 20 men and 20 women, each of the individuals was shown erotic film clips while their brain vitals were scanned by two scanners.
Subjects were instructed, during each video, to use a four-button fiberoptic response box indicating any increase or decrease in their sexual arousal.
One of the scanners was an MRI machine that tracked stimulation in their brains. The other was a heat-seeking camera that measured levels of arousal through participant’s genitals.
The clips from Modern Family were designed as a comparison, to differentiate erotic arousal from humorous in the brain.
They found that genital arousal in women was more strongly linked with changes in brain activity, across numerous regions, than men.
“There were no brain regions in men with stronger brain-genital correlations than in women”, the study stated, according to the Independent.
While interesting, the sample size for the study was too small, according to Qazi Rahman, a psychology lecturer at King’s College London, further adding that more detailed research would be required to draw such certain conclusions. However, he did not deny the complexity of female arousal.
Writing in a paper detailing their findings, the authors said: “The finding was unexpected because most previous research has suggested that the correlations between genital response and subjective arousal are stronger for men.”
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