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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, […]

“The Brain That Changes Itself ” – Acquiring Tastes and Loves: What Neuroplasticity Teaches Us About Sexual Attraction and Love


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Title: Chapter 4: Acquiring Tastes and Loves: What Neuroplasticity Teaches Us About Sexual Attraction and Love
Publication: The Brain That Changes Itself
Author: Norman Doidge, MD
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These pages of The Brain That Changes Itself by psychiatrist Norman Doidge are very relevant to porn addiction, and explain how Internet porn tastes escalate (a phenomenon that addiction experts call “tolerance“). Here are some excerpts from the chapter: “Today young men who surf porn are tremendously fearful of impotence, or “erectile dysfunction” as it is […]

The Internet Pornography Pandemic: “The Largest Unregulated Social Experiment in Human History” (RESEARCH)


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Title: The Internet Pornography Pandemic: "The Largest Unregulated Social Experiment in Human History"
Publication: Christian Apologetics Journal
Author: Donna Rice Hughes
Date: 04/20/2014

Technology is revolutionizing our lives and providing access to a wide range of valuable services. The Internet has become a powerful educational and communications tool, placing vast new worlds of knowledge in the palm of our hand. Today’s youth have fully integrated the Internet into their daily lives, using technology as a powerful platform for education, […]

Impulsive-Compulsive Sexual Behavior


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Title: Impulsive-Compulsive Sexual Behavior
Publication: CNS Spectrums
Author: Thomas M. Mick and Eric Hollander
Date: 11/09/2006

Abstract Impulsive-compulsive sexual behavior is a little studied clinical phenomenon which affects ~5% to 6% of the population. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition-Text Revision, it is classified as an impulse control disorder not otherwise specified or a sexual disorder not otherwise specified. It may be placed in a possible […]

Pornography Addiction: A Neuroscience Perspective


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Title: Pornography Addiction: A Neuroscience Perspective
Publication: Surgical Neurology International
Author: Donald L. Hilton, Jr and Clark Watts
Date: 02/21/2011

A significant postulate of this commentary is that all addictions create, in addition to chemical changes in the brain, anatomical and pathological changes which result in various manifestations of cerebral dysfunction collectively labeled hypofrontal syndromes. In these syndromes, the underlying defect, reduced to its simplest description, is damage to the “braking system” of the brain. […]

Natural and Drug Rewards Act on Common Neural Plasticity Mechanisms with ΔFosB as a Key Mediator


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Title: Natural and Drug Rewards Act on Common Neural Plasticity Mechanisms with ΔFosB as a Key Mediator
Publication: The Journal of Neuroscience
Author: Kyle K. Pitchers, Vincent Vialou, Eric J. Nestler, Steven R. Laviolette, Michael N. Lehman, and Lique M. Coolen
Date: 02/20/2013

Abstract Drugs of abuse induce neuroplasticity in the natural reward pathway, specifically the nucleus accumbens (NAc), thereby causing development and expression of addictive behavior. Recent evidence suggests that natural rewards may cause similar changes in the NAc, suggesting that drugs may activate mechanisms of plasticity shared with natural rewards, and allowing for unique interplay between […]

Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals with and without Compulsive Sexual Behaviours

Posted on March 17, 2015, in Addiction, Brain Science, Men, Research

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Title: Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals with and without Compulsive Sexual Behaviours
Publication: PLOS ONE
Author: Valerie Voon, Thomas B. Mole, Paula Banca, Laura Porter, Laurel Morris, Simon Mitchell, Tatyana R. Lapa, Judy Karr, Neil A. Harrison, Marc N. Potenza, Michael Irvine
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 […]

The Politics of Legal Challenges to Pornography: Canada, Sweden, and the United States


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Title: The Politics of Legal Challenges to Pornography: Canada, Sweden, and the United States
Publication: Stockholm Studies in Politics, No. 160
Author: Max Waltman
Date: 12/16/2014

Abstract:      The dissertation analyzes obstacles and potential in democracies, specifically Canada, Sweden, and United States, to effectively address empirically documented harms of pornography. Legislative and judicial challenges under different democratic and legal frameworks are compared. Adopting a problem-driven theoretical approach, the reality of pornography’s harms is analyzed. Evidence shows its production exploits existing inequalities […]

Children, Young Adults & Pornography: A ‘Smorgasbord’ of Harms


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Title: Children, Young Adults & Pornography: A ‘Smorgasbord’ of Harms
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Author: Robert Peters
Date: 01/01/2015

Robert Peters served as President of Morality in Media from 1992–2011 and as Assistant Director of MIM’s National Obscenity Law Center from 1987–1992. Mr. Peters is now President Emeritus of MIM. This is a compilation of research studies that show evidence of the vast harms to children and young adults associated with pornography use, specifically, […]