Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Nudity

Nudity Tunes Up The Brain

We can attribute much of nudity's power to the fact that we're hardwired to drink it up.

According to a 2011 study from the University of Tampere and Aalto University in Finland, our brains boost the processing of sexually arousing signals and actually access nude and clothed bodies in different ways.

Sexual or potentially sexual images process faster. Our brain is like the bouncer at a fancy club who let's the hot, sexy people skip the line. And as our basic genetic mission is to breed and propagate, that makes perfect sense.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.