You may know what it feels like to have an orgasm — but do you know what it looks like? Now, thanks to a team of researchers at Rutgers University, you can see the big “O” in all its colorful glory.
Nan Wise, a 54-year-old PhD student, sex therapist and associate on the research project, agreed to be the guinea pig. She was hooked up to a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner and stimulated herself while the machine took “snapshots” of her brain every two seconds, across 80 different regions. Professor Barry Komisaruk and his team then spliced these snapshots together into an animated film. The movie is the first of its kind.