In a recent study that was published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, researchers from Duke University in North Carolina, USA, have suggested that sex can inspire spirituality in men.
The research says the oxytocin released during sex doesn’t only promote social bonding and altruism as we know, but also promotes ‘divinity’ and an increased belief in the existence of God.
“Spirituality and meditation have each been linked to health and well-being in previous research. We were interested in understanding biological factors that may enhance those spiritual experiences. Oxytocin appears to be part of the way our bodies support spiritual beliefs,” said lead author of the study and social psychologist at the American University, Patty Van Capallen.
For purposes of the study, men were given the oxytocin hormone while others received a placebo. It was found that the men who were given the hormone were more likely to cite spirituality as something that was important in their life, even though some might’ve not necessarily thought this before receiving the oxytocin.
Spirituality is complex and affected by many factors. However, oxytocin does seem to affect how we perceive the world and what we believe
According to the study, the men were also more likely to say that they had an “interconnection with other people and living things”.
A big part of men’s response to the oxytocin also had to do with each individual’s genetic make-up. Men who had a gene called CD38, which is said to release the hormone in the brain, often had a more intensified response.
“Spirituality is complex and affected by many factors. However, oxytocin does seem to affect how we perceive the world and what we believe,” Van Capellen added.
Interesting to note is that women actually produce more oxytocin then men, but the effect it has on our female counterparts is yet to be investigated in-depth.
“Oxytocin’s effects on women’s spirituality still needs to be investigated,” said Van Capellen.
Sources: Daily Mail, Duke Today\ Destinyman