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There's no faking it

10:23am, November 24, 2003

From New Orleans, at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience

You can't call the Dutch sexist. At last year's meeting, scientists from the Netherlands amused and shocked U.S. neuroscientists with a brain-imaging study of men achieving orgasm. The same research team returned this year with images of the brain activity of women reaching climax. In an added twist, the investigators contrasted the brain activity when a woman faked an orgasm and when she actually had one as best as they could tell.

Hopeful of finding ways to help men and women who suffer from sexual dysfunction, Gert Holstege of the University of Groningen and his colleagues have been recruiting men and women willing to undergo positron emission tomography (PET) brain scans while being manually stimulated to orgasm by a spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend. While ejaculation offered proof that a man had reached climax, a female orgasm was confirmed by physiological measurements such as heart rate and a

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