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We conducted a surreptitious, prospective, cohort study to explore how often physicians nod off during scientific meetings and to examine risk factors for nodding off. After counting the number of heads falling forward during 2 days of lectures, we calculated the incidence density curves for nodding-off episodes per lecture (NOELs) and assessed risk factors using logistic regression analysis. In this article we report our eye-opening results and suggest ways speakers can try to avoid losing their audience
By a strange coincidence I am a trained after dinner speaker and was a member of the Speakers' Club (UK) for many years. During which time I became the education officer for my local branch but cannot recall anything in the manual about coitus and public speaking. Quite a lot about breathing control and I have it down to 30 seconds myself which is quite a feat (excuse the pun).
Wearing my hat as a student of forensic sexology I would have to seriously question the distinction made in the paper relating to hetrosexual sex and would need to see more details to be convinced of the physiological effects on blood pressure post coital arousal. As far as I understood there was no significant difference , but I stand to be corrected (no pun intended).
What is on record which might support the research findings from Paisley is Dictator El Duce, Benito Mussolini and Michael Flattery (Lord of the Dance) both were reported to enjoy coitus prior to their public performances. That was with persons of the opposite sex, as opposed to each other. Also it is a matter of record that complete strangers would copulate in the aftermath of intense air raids during World War II. This may have been a spontaneous action to procreate the species at a time of fight or flight (high adrenaline bursts) or/and a natural way to reduce blood pressure. I have spoken to several madams in my capapcity as a research student (of course, I would say that) and many believe bedroom fanasy and role paly is consided to be a theraputic form of stress relief to their executive clients. Sure beats a blue and white pill.