Real, virtual, or neural Sex: Is there a difference for your brain?? Does the brain not know the difference between thinking and doing? Researchers found that when they measured the functional brain activity of people making decisions, the same activity occurred in the brain whether people actually performed the outcome of their decision or simply thought about what they would do. This means that for your brain and body, there is no distinction between thinking and doing during decision making. Thinking something causes a similar neural response as doing it.
The implication of this is that imagining good or bad outcomes can have physiological impact even if we aren’t doing anything but thinking. The ramifications are staggering for our perception of reality and even for some of our institutions. As sex is reported to be one of the most common obsessive thoughts, decisions or daydreams in our average population, I choose this as an example. If we think of having sex with someone, is that REALLY the same for our brain and neural functions as carrying it out? I invite some feedback on this. When Jimmy Carter admitted “I confess I had lust in my heart,” what was his internal experience? If we really accept this and attempt to experience particular pleasures or pains vicariously, will we end up as arm chair lotharios? It is a shorter jump from interactive to neural when one includes the pandemic of cyber sex, such that one can more easily experience prefab fictional, staged sex and not miss the real thing. So strange to me. What are your feelings about this? I invite your comments below on my blog.