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Date posted: 23/12/2008
Scientists are developing an electronic 'sex chip' that works by stimulating the pleasure centres in the brain.
The technology, which creates tiny shocks deep in the brain, has already been used in America to treat Parkinson's disease. Now researchers are focusing on the orbitofrontal cortex, which is associated with feelings of pleasure caused by eating and sex.
A research survey conducted by Morten Kringelbach, a fellow at Oxford University, found the orbitofrontal cortex could be a 'new stimulation target' to help people with anhedonia - an inability to experience pleasure from such activities.
His colleague Professor Tipu Aziz said: 'There is evidence that this chip will work.
'A few years ago a scientist implanted such a device into the brain of a woman with a low sex drive and turned her into a very sexually active woman. She didn't like the sudden change, so the wiring in her head was removed.'
But Professor Aziz said the present surgery needed to implant the wire in the brain was 'intrusive and crude' and would need about 10 years worth of development.
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