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Posted: Thursday, 16 January 2014 8:20AM

Can Sex Improve Brain Function?



Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In one memorable episode of the sitcom Seinfeld, George Costanza abstains from sex and suddenly become a genius.  It’s only when he slips and sleeps with a waitress that he returns to his dim-witted ways.

Nonetheless, new research from the University of Maryland suggests that having sex might actually improve brain function.

The scientists tested the theory on middle-aged rats.  After sex, they demonstrated better cognitive function as well as improvements in the hippocampus where long-term memories are made.

A separate South Korean study also showed that sex can help to relieve chronic stress.

So does this all mean that the smartest among us are having more sex? No, say researchers. In fact, it’s teens who are noticeably smarter than their peers who hold off on having sex.

Meanwhile, a Rutgers University says that although sex can lead to more new brain cells being born, they only survive and thrive during successful learning that generally occurs away from the bedroom.

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