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This Is How Our Faces Really React In An Orgasm

Turns out it's not the same facial expression we make when we're in pain
by Khatrina Bonagua | Oct 30, 2018
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A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the United States of America has shattered the age-old myth that the facial expression you make when you’re in pain, and the one you make when you orgasm, are the same.

To come up with this conclusion, the researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland analyzed various facial changes that people (particularly Westerners and East Asians) make while experiencing pain and orgasm. To start, they created a computer program that mimics different facial expressions, which included 42 facial movements. Next, they asked 40 men and 40 women to determine if the facial expressions showed happen when someone experiences “pain,” “orgasm,” or “something else.” They then used the results to build clearer models and then asked another 104 people to analyze the facial expressions.

Here’s what they found out:

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The researchers discovered that people’s faces do react differently when in pain and in pleasure. Specifically, when experiencing climax, Westerners O-face have wide-eyed expressions with open mouths. On the other hand, East Asians have smiling faces with tightened lips. The picture above also showed that people’s when-in-pain-face are almost the same in both Westerners and East Asians.

Here’s a more detailed depiction which includes the specific facial expressions:

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“Pain is represented with similar face movements across cultures, whereas orgasm shows differences,” the authors concluded.

To further explain their findings, the researchers also released animated video representations which showed how the face reacts when in pain and when in orgasm, and the similarities and differences of each. You can watch it by clicking this link right here

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