Are You Wired to Want More Sex?

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Being hot and not so bothered could reveal more than what’s on your mind: New research out of UCLA finds that people who are more sensitive to all sorts of sexual cues (you’re turned on by the couple making out in the movie and the actual sex scene) have more sexual partners.

In her study, research scientist Nicole Prause and colleagues used an electroencephalogram (or EEG) to measure the brain activity of students while they viewed romantic, pornographic, and neutral images. Researchers also asked the students how many people they’d slept with in the past 12 months.

Turns out, those who showed strong reactions on the EEGs to almost all of the sexy shots—even if they were more PG than R—also reported a greater number of sexual partners. [Tweet this news!]

There’s method to the madness: "If your brain responds very strongly even to very tame pictures of sex, then you seem to be easily sexually excited in the real world, too. If we show very explicit sex pictures, eventually everyone's brain responds strongly. It is those weaker images, just hinting at sex, that show the difference,” Prause said in a UCLA press release.

More than anything, the EEG measures biological motivation—and if your brain is going into overdrive over “dull” sexual imagery, that excitedness could make you more likely to slip up and engage in risky sexual behaviors (with whoever) than someone who doesn’t bat an eyelid at a kiss. Researchers say knowing this about yourself could help manage risky sexual behavior ahead of time—carry protection!—and help you control sexual urges.

Lacking motivation? A whole slew of factors (from your brain, to stress, technology, and how long foreplay lasts) can affect your sex drive. So make sure you’re steering clear of these five common libido-crushers.

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