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The Neurobiology of Behavioral Addictions: Sexual Addiction

Posted on November 21, 2016, in Addiction, Brain Science, Internet, Physiological

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Title: The Neurobiology of Behavioral Addictions: Sexual Addiction
Publication: Oxford University Press
Author: Hilton, Carnes, Love
Date: 04/01/2016

This chapter begins with an exploration of the reward system and its connection to the disease of addiction. The neurobiological underpinning of the disease is explored in detail and is overlaid with the biology of sexual reward. The chapter uses Internet pornography abuse as a reference model for the overuse of sexuality to the point […]

“Patient Characteristics by Type of Hypersexuality Referral: A Quantitative Chart Review of 115 Consecutive Male Cases”

Posted on November 21, 2016, in Addiction, Physiological, Psychological, Research

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Title: "Patient Characteristics by Type of Hypersexuality Referral: A Quantitative Chart Review of 115 Consecutive Male Cases"
Publication: Journal of sex & marital therapy 41.6
Author: Sutton, Katherine S., et al.
Date: 09/02/2014

Abstract Hypersexuality remains an increasingly common but poorly understood patient complaint. Despite diversity in clinical presentations of patients referred for hypersexuality, the literature has maintained treatment approaches that are assumed to apply to the entire phenomenon. This approach has proven ineffective, despite its application over several decades. The present study used quantitative methods to examine […]

“The Relation Between Compulsive Sexual Behaviors and Aggression in a Substance-Dependent Population”

Posted on November 9, 2016, in Addiction, Brain Science, Research, Sexual Violence

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Title: "The Relation Between Compulsive Sexual Behaviors and Aggression in a Substance-Dependent Population"
Publication: Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma
Author: Elmquist, JoAnna, et al.
Date: 12/28/2015

ABSTRACT Research supports a high comorbidity between compulsive sexual behaviors (CSBs) and substance use disorders (SUDs), which are both classified by increased impulsivity. Literature has also indicated that increased impulsivity and substance use are associated with aggression. However, no known research has examined the relationship between CSBs and aggression among a substance-dependent population. The purpose […]

“Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals with and without Compulsive Sexual Behaviors”

Posted on November 1, 2016, in Addiction, Brain Science, Psychological, Research

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Title: "Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals with and without Compulsive Sexual Behaviors"
Publication: PLoS ONE
Author: Voon, Valerie, et al.
Date: 07/11/2014

Abstract Although compulsive sexual behaviour (CSB) has been conceptualized as a “behavioural” addiction and common or overlapping neural circuits may govern the processing of natural and drug rewards, little is known regarding the responses to sexually explicit materials in individuals with and without CSB. Here, the processing of cues of varying sexual content was assessed […]

Neuroscience of Internet Pornography Addiction: A Review and Update (Research)

Posted on September 30, 2015, in Addiction, Brain Science, Physiological, Research

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Title: Neuroscience of Internet Pornography Addiction: A Review and Update
Publication: Behavioral Sciences
Author: Todd Love, Christian Laier, Matthias Brand, Linda Hatch, and Raju Hajela
Date: 09/01/2015

Abstract: Many recognize that several behaviors potentially affecting the reward circuitry in human brains lead to a loss of control and other symptoms of addiction in at least some individuals. Regarding Internet addiction, neuroscientific research supports the assumption that underlying neural processes are similar to substance addiction. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has recognized one […]

Sex Addiction as a Disease: Evidence for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Response to Critics (RESEARCH)

Posted on July 20, 2015, in Addiction, Brain Science, Research

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Title: Sex Addiction as a Disease: Evidence for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Response to Critics
Publication: Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention
Author: Bonnie Phillipsa, Raju Hajelab & Donald L. Hilton JR.
Date: 07/17/2015

The journey of addiction treatment is marked with significant societal, clinical, and scientific advances over the past few decades. Not too long ago, addiction was viewed as a moral failing and those suffering with addiction were treated harshly and with great prej- udice and fear. One thing remains evident, significant change is difficult to come […]

Pornography and the Brain: Public Health Considerations

Posted on July 14, 2015, in Addiction, Brain Science, Research, Societal, Statistics

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Title: Pornography and the Brain: Public Health Considerations
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Author: Donald Hilton
Date: 07/14/2015

Jeffrey Satinover Statement to Congress on Pornography


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Title: Jeffrey Satinover Statement to Congress on Pornography
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Author: Jeffrey Satinover
Date: 11/17/2004

In this statement before Congress, Dr. Jeffrey Satinover, a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, physicist, and former Fellow in Psychiatry at Yale, cautions pornography “is a delivery system that has a distinct and powerful effect upon the human brain and nervous system. [Pornography’s] effect is to cause a powerful addiction. Like any other addiction, the addiction is both to […]

Child Pornography Offenses Are a Valid Diagnostic Indicator of Pedophilia


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Title: Child Pornography Offenses Are a Valid Diagnostic Indicator of Pedophilia
Publication: Journal of Abnormal Psychology (Vol. 115, Iss. 3)
Author: Michael C. Seto, James M. Cantor, Ray Blanchard
Date: 08/01/2006

This study investigated whether being charged with a child pornography offense is a valid diagnostic indicator of pedophilia, as represented by an index of phallometrically assessed sexual arousal to children. The sample of 685 male patients was referred between 1995 and 2004 for a sexological assessment of their sexual interests and behavior. As a group, […]