Renowned neuroscientist and sex therapist Nan Wise is playing a pivotal role in changing our cultural ideas about sex, through her research on the critical ways that pleasure affects our health and happiness, why we’re experiencing less pleasure now more than ever, and how we can discover our sexual potential.
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About Dr. Nan
Dr. Nan Wise is a neuroscientist, certified sex therapist, board certified clinical hypnotherapist, and certified relationship specialist with three decades of experience. Driven by an intense desire to understand how the brain operates to create moods and behaviors, Dr. Nan returned to academia in 2009 to pursue a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience at Rutgers-Newark where she completed her dissertation project, “Genital Stimulation, Imagery, and Orgasm in Women: an fMRI Analysis” in August of 2014. Her research attempts to address gaps in the scientific literature regarding the neural basis of human sexuality, and continues to garner international attention.
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Is masturbation healthy? When it comes to sex—which is already so taboo—talking about masturbation is one of the most uncomfortable of subjects. It's one thing to admit to being sexual with a partner, but quite another to admit to taking pleasure into your own...
In my practice as a certified sex therapist and in my work as a neuroscientist studying pleasure, there’s one question I hear a lot: Why can’t I orgasm? Having a regular stream of orgasms isn’t just about having a good sex life; it’s about prioritizing...
I wrote my book, Why Good Sex Matters: Understanding the Neuroscience of Pleasure for a Smarter, Happier, and More Purpose-Filled Life, to highlight the critical importance pleasure plays in promoting our overall wellbeing. Although our sex lives are certainly not the...
I started by interviewing Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism about some of the more pernicious myths and misconceptions about our sexuality as we mature. Background: Ashton is an old friend up to new tricks. When I met her 20...
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