A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Tells Us About Sexual Relationships [NOOK Book]

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Two maverick neuroscientists use the world's largest psychology experiment-the Internet-to study the private activities of millions of men and women around the world, unveiling a revolutionary and shocking new vision of human desire that overturns conventional thinking.

For his groundbreaking sexual research, Alfred Kinsey and his team interviewed 18,000 people, relying on them to honestly report their most intimate experiences. Using the ...
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A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Tells Us About Sexual Relationships

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Overview

Two maverick neuroscientists use the world's largest psychology experiment-the Internet-to study the private activities of millions of men and women around the world, unveiling a revolutionary and shocking new vision of human desire that overturns conventional thinking.

For his groundbreaking sexual research, Alfred Kinsey and his team interviewed 18,000 people, relying on them to honestly report their most intimate experiences. Using the Internet, the neuroscientists Ogas and Gaddam quietly observed the raw sexual behaviors of half a billion people. By combining their observations with neuroscience and animal research, these two young neuroscientists finally answer the long-disputed question: what do people really like? Ogas and Gaddam's findings are transforming the way scientists and therapists think about sexual desire.

In their startling book, Ogas and Gaddam analyze a "billion wicked thoughts" on the Internet: a billion Web searches, a million individual search histories, a million erotic stories, a half-million erotic videos, a million Web sites, millions of online personal ads, and many other enormous sources of sexual data in order to understand the true differences between male and female desires, including:

?Men and women have hardwired sexual cues analogous to our hardwired tastes-there are sexual versions of sweet, sour, salty, savory, and bitter. But men and women are wired with different sets of cues.

?The male sexual brain resembles a reckless hunter, while the female sexual brain resembles a cautious detective agency.

?Men form their sexual interests during adolescence and rarely change. Women's sexual interests are plastic and change frequently.

?The male sexual brain is an "or gate": A single stimulus can arouse it. The female sexual brain is an "and gate": It requires many simultaneous stimuli to arouse it.

?When it comes to sexual arousal, men prefer overweight women to underweight women, and a significant number of men seek out erotic images of women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.

?Women enjoy writing and sharing erotic stories with other women. The fastest growing genre of erotic stories for women are stories about two heterosexual men having sex.

?Though the male sexual brain is much more different from the female sexual brain than is commonly believed, the sexual brain of gay men is virtually identical to that of straight men.

Featuring cutting-edge, jaw-dropping science, this wildly entertaining and controversial book helps readers understand their partner's sexual desires with a depth of knowledge unavailable from any other source. Its fascinating and occasionally disturbing findings will rock our modern understanding of sexuality, just as Kinsey's reports did sixty years ago.
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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post

“Alfred Kinsey only scratched the surface. Interviewing a mere 18,000 horny humans? Please . . . Drs. Ogas and Gaddam [offer] hot new scientific findings.”

Salon.com

“Smart, readable and handles even the most bizarre fetishes with both humor and respect.”

From the Publisher
“Alfred Kinsey only scratched the surface. Interviewing a mere 18,000 horny humans? Please . . . Drs. Ogas and Gaddam [offer] hot new scientific findings.” — The Washington Post

“Smart, readable and handles even the most bizarre fetishes with both humor and respect.” — Salon.com

“A goldmine.” —Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature

“An amazing book.” —Daniel J. Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on MusicDaniel J. Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music

“Fascinating and terrific.” —Roy Baumeister, coauthor of WillpowerRoy Baumeister, coauthor of Willpower

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101514986
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/5/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 172,000
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ogi Ogas studies computational models of memory, learning, and vision. He was a Department of Homeland Security Fellow.

Sai Gaddam
studies large-scale data analysis and serves as a data mining consultant in India. They both received their Ph.D.s in computational neuroscience from Boston University.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Catherine Salmon xi

Preface: The World's Largest Behavioral Experiment

Why freshmen are easy, but the Internet is better xv

Chapter 1 What Do We Really Like? Sexual Cues

How the Internet yanks open the curtains to reveal our most secret desires 1

Chapter 2 Monkey Pay-Per-View: Male Visual Cues

Why plump is sexy, mature ladies hold special advantages, and Freud suffered from penis envy 23

Chapter 3 Elmer Fudd, Wabbit Hunter: Male Desire

Why men can get turned on by a jar of pennies and the male sexual brain is a clumsy hunter 45

Chapter 4 The Miss Marple Detective Agency: Female Desire

Why there is no such thing as female Viagra and women have the most sophisticated brain on Earth 62

Chapter 5 Ladies Prefer Alphas: Female Psychological Cues I: The Hero

Why women like barons, billionaires, and serial killers 85

Chapter 6 The Sisterhood of the Magic Hoo Hoo: Female Psychological Cues II: The Heroine

Why the best men are always taken and every girl just wants to be loved 108

Chapter 7 Boys Will Be Boys: Gay Cues

Why gay men like straight guys and gay porn is (almost) indistinguishable from straight porn 128

Chapter 8 A Tall Man with a Nice Tush: Female Visual Cues

Why Playgirl magazine flopped, a firm tush is a nice advantage, and so many people don't like porn 152

Chapter 9 Cheating Wives and Girls Gone Wild: Male Psychological Cues

Why the forbidden is so exciting and the unexpected reason men like group sex 174

Chapter 10 Lords and Lordosis: Human Psychological Cues

Why domination and submission are two sides of the same cortex 195

Chapter 11 Erotical Illusions: The Creative Power of Cues

What the Mona Lisa smile, Oreo cheesecake, and paranormal romance have in common 213

Conclusion: Happy Ending or Happily-Ever-After?

So what do I do with all this information? 239

Acknowledgments 243

Notes 247

Bibliography 304

Index 384

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