Sex improves cognitive function for older adults

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 22, 2017

Participants who engaged in sexual activity more frequently did better in cognitive function tests than those who had sex less often.

Having more sex is good for the brains of older adults, according to a British study.

Researchers from the universities of Coventry and Oxford have established that more frequent sexual activity is linked to higher cognitive functions in older adults.

The study involved 73 people aged between 50 and 83.

In tests of their brain power, those who had sex weekly scored two percent higher than those who had sex every month.

The results found that those that had more sex tended to have better verbal fluency and ability to visually perceive objects and the spaces between them.

However, it did not find a clear link between sex and attention, memory or language.

They were then asked to take part in tests that determine their visual awareness, including copying a complex design and drawing a clock face from memory. Thirty-seven said weekly, 26 said monthly and ten said never.

Lead researcher Dr Hayley Wright, from Coventry University, said: "We can only speculate whether this is driven by social or physical elements - but an area we would like to research further is the biological mechanisms that may influence this".

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