Researchers at the University of Maryland has credited frequent s*xual activity with increased brainpower. However, the benefits to the brain were lost if the creatures stopped mating. The UK DailyMail reports:
A second study, also published last year, suggested that having s*x counteracts the effect of stress on the brain – at least in mice. However, while having s*x may make you smarter, the converse is not necessarily true.
The Atlantic website reports: ‘Being smarter does not necessarily mean you’ll have more s*x. ‘Smarter teens, in fact, tend to delay the initiation of their coital activities.’ In any case, making new brain cells may not be enough.
Psychologist Tracey Shors told a Society for Neuroscience conference that hard work is needed if these cells are to survive. She said: ‘You can make new cells with exercise, Prozac and s*x.
‘If you do mental training, you’ll keep alive more of the cells you produced.
‘And if you do both, now you have the best of both worlds – you’re making more cells and keeping more alive.’