The Scientific Research on Orgasmic Meditation

Highlights from research on the Orgasmic Meditation practice from the lens of scientists

The Institute of OM Foundation is the premier non-profit research center focusing on peak state consciousness arising from the practice of OM. We offer cutting edge research in the field of the implementation of OM as a protocol for healing trauma along with practices and trainings for medical practitioners.

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OM vs Meditation

Dr. Nicole Prause, PhD, Neuroscientist Researching Human Sexual Behavior and Founder of Liberos, describes the difference between OM and meditation.

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New Research Insights on OM

Dr. Andrew Newberg, MD, Neuroscientist and Director of Research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Jefferson University, shares highlights of new research on OM.

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Positive & Negative Emotions in OM

Dr. Nicole Prause, PhD, describes the impact of OM on emotions.

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Research Studies

Effects of adverse childhood experiences on partnered sexual arousal appear context dependent

IRB approved
Physiological study with dyads
Dr. Nicole Prause, PhD and Greg Siegle, PhD at University of Pittsburgh

Persons with a history of trauma may struggle responding sexually with a partner. This study examined whether the same deficits were present during Orgasmic Meditation (OM), a form of partnered sexual interaction that specifically promotes closeness.Those reporting more childhood adversity, especially sexual abuse, reported higher sexual arousal relative to those who had less childhood adversity. The study concludes that effects of adverse childhood on perceived closeness and arousal can be mitigated contextually.

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Neurophysiological Correlates of Orgasmic Meditation using the PET/fMRI scanner

IRB approved
Physiological study with 40 people (20 pairs)
Dr Andrew Newberg, MD at Jefferson University Hospital

The overall goal of this study was to determine the neurophysiological correlates of Orgasmic Meditation (OM) as well as compare these effects to those of other meditation-based practices. By utilizing the PET-MRI scanner at Thomas Jefferson University, the most accurate neurophysiological data was obtained on the effects of Orgasmic Meditation.

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Partner intimate touch is associated with increased interpersonal closeness, especially in non-romantic partners

IRB approved
Physiological study with 150 people
Dr. Nicole Prause, PhD and Greg Siegle, PhD at University of Pittsburgh

This study examined the impact of OM on feelings of closeness among 125 partnered pairs, half of whom were in romantic relationship and the other half of whom were not. The study found that participants increased in closeness on average post OM. Non-romantic pairs increased self-other overlap more than romantic pairs, supporting the idea that a partnered, largely non-verbal practice is associated with increased feelings of closeness in the moment, including for individuals who are not in a romantic relationship.

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