Episode 3: Why Good Sex Matters and the Neuroscience of Pleasure

April 5, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast
Sex and Psychology Podcast
Episode 3: Why Good Sex Matters and the Neuroscience of Pleasure

In this episode of the podcast, I interview Dr. Nan Wise, a cognitive neuroscientist, certified sex therapist, and Associate Research Professor at Rutgers University. Dr. Wise just published a fantastic new book titled “Why Good Sex Matters: Understanding the Neuroscience of Pleasure for a Smarter, Happier, and More Purpose-Filled Life.”

We cover a wide range of questions and topics, including:

  • What exactly is “pleasure?”
  • Why are we experiencing less pleasure today than we used to?
  • How can we get more pleasure in our sex lives? Is the answer different for men and women?
  • Dr. Wise has conducted neuroscience research on women’s orgasms. How does one go about studying this in the lab? Is it challenging to find participants who are willing to masturbate to orgasm in an fMRI machine? (The answer might surprise you!)
  • What are the key things Dr. Wise has learned from the women in her research who were willing to “donate their orgasms to science?”

Enjoy, and be sure to check out Dr. Wise’s new book Why Good Sex Matters!


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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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