We all react to sex differently, but for most of us, it illicits a wide range of emotions, including euphoria, sadness, or even laughter—we can't always explain why. During sex, you may find that your brain switches off; you feel yourself becoming more intuitive and physical. However, the brain plays a bigger role in each stage of our sexual encounters than we may think.

The brain takes us through a series of stages during sex

A famous 1966 study showed that our bodies go through a specific pattern during sexual encounters. This is known as the "sexual response cycle," and consists of excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution.

Most of us are familiar with this general trajectory from a physical point of view—but what goes on in the brain to take us through these stages, from the feelings of arousal to the post-coital bliss?

Well, it's fairly complicated, as more