Researchers in Maryland and South Korea found that sex makes you smarter, or at least mice who have sex smarter by improving their memory and cognitive function. Great news for us all. Alert the major religions, nosey parents and sex ed. counselors!
According to the Atlantic, “In April, a team from the University of Maryland reported that middle-aged rats permitted to engage in sex showed signs of improved cognitive function and hippocampal function. In November, a group from Konkuk University in Seoul concluded that sexual activity counteracts the memory-robbing effects of chronic stress in mice.”
However being smarter doesn’t mean you’ll have more sex. “A 2012 study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that high working memory decreases the likelihood of early adolescent sexual debut. Some researchers have attributed the delay to greater overall “competence” among smarter teens. ” Most studies seemed to point to those who have above or below average intelligence as those who are less likely to have lots of sex. There’s no way to win except mediocrity, I guess.
Nevertheless, while sex can improve overall brain function, nothing is going to beat out good old fashioned learning. Tracey J. Shors, a psychologist at the Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University, said “You can make new cells with exercise, Prozac and sex. If you do mental training, you’ll keep alive more cells that you produced. And if you do both, now you have the best of both worlds—you’re making more cells and keeping more alive.”
So get laid, especially during mid-terms and finals, but you know, study too.
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