Getting an MRI is far from arousing, but one woman managed to get herself off during a scan all for the sake of science. Scientists at Rutgers University have used brain scan images to create the world’s first footage of the female brain as it climaxes.
54-year-old PhD student, Nan Wise, offered herself to the study, stimulating herself while being scanned. ‘It’s my dissertation,’ Wise told the Guardian. ‘I’m committed to it.’ The footage was compiled using images from a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner.
Rutgers University’s Professor Barry R. Komisaruk, PhD, explains that the visualization shows ‘brain date of a participant experiencing a [climax] and the corresponding relationships seen within these different regions based on utilization of oxygen levels in the blood.’
‘20 snapshots in time of the fMRI data are taken from a 7 minute sequence,’ Komisaruk states. ‘Over the course of the 7 minutes the participant approaches [climax], reaches [climax] and then enters a quiet period.’ The video compiles these snapshots to show the brain activity during the sequence.
Professor Barry R. Komisaruk explains that oxygen utilization levels are displayed on a spectrum from dark red, which represents lowest activity, to yellow/white, which represents highest.
During climax, Komisaruk observes that almost the entire brain illuminates yellow, which indicates that the most brain systems become active during the sensation. It’s reported that the only thing that stimulates the woman’s brain more is epileptic seizure.