Satisfying sexual activity, neural activation, and genetics: what’s the connection?

Takeaway

  • Satisfying sexual activity in heterosexual pair‐bonded humans engages a range of subcortical structures associated with reward, emotion, memory, and physiological homeostasis, as well as cortical regions that mediate complex thinking and empathy.

Why this matters

  • These novel findings show that beyond reproduction, a satisfying sex life is a healthy and rewarding attachment variable that may support individual and relationship well‐being.