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“Compulsive Sexual Behavior: Prefrontal and Limbic Volume and Interactions”

Posted on June 4, 2017, in Brain Science, Psychological, Research

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Title: Compulsive Sexual Behavior: Prefrontal and Limbic Volume and Interactions
Publication: Human Brain Mapping
Author: Schmidt, Casper, Thaddeus Birchard, Paula Hall, Timo L. Kvamme, Laurel S. Morris, and Valerie Voon
Date: 10/26/2016

Abstract Background Compulsive sexual behaviors (CSB) are relatively common and associated with significant personal and social dysfunction. The underlying neurobiology is still poorly understood. The present study examines brain volumes and resting state functional connectivity in CSB compared with matched healthy volunteers (HV). Methods Structural MRI (MPRAGE) data were collected in 92 subjects (23 CSB […]

“Pornographic Picture Processing Interferes with Working Memory Performance”

Posted on May 6, 2017, in Brain Science, Cybersex, Research

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Title: Pornographic Picture Processing Interferes with Working Memory Performance
Publication: The Journal of Sex Research
Author: Landripet, Ivan, and Aleksandar Štulhofer
Date: 11/20/2012

Abstract Some individuals report problems during and after Internet sex engagement, such as missing sleep and forgetting appointments, which are associated with negative life consequences. One mechanism potentially leading to these kinds of problems is that sexual arousal during Internet sex might interfere with working memory (WM) capacity, resulting in a neglect of relevant environmental […]

“Conscious and Non-Conscious Measures of Emotion: Do They Vary with Frequency of Pornography Use?”

Posted on May 1, 2017, in Addiction, Brain Science, Relationships, Research

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Title: Brain Structure and Functional Connectivity Associated with Pornography Consumption
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Author: Kunaharan, Sajeev, Shannon Bosshard, Sean Halpin, Thiagarajan Sitharthan,, and Peter Walla.
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Abstract: Increased pornography use has been a feature of contemporary human society, with technological advances allowing for high speed internet and relative ease of access via a multitude of wireless devices. Does increased pornography exposure alter general emotion processing? Research in the area of pornography use is heavily reliant on conscious self-report measures. However, increasing […]

“Altered Appetitive Conditioning and Neural Connectivity in Subjects with Compulsive Sexual Behavior”

Posted on April 26, 2017, in Addiction, Brain Science, Research

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Title: Altered Appetitive Conditioning and Neural Connectivity in Subjects with Compulsive Sexual Behavior
Publication: The Journal of Sexual Medicine
Author: Klucken, Tim, Onno Kruse, Sina Wehrum-Osinsky, Jan Schweckendiek,, and Rudolf Stark
Date: 04/01/2016

Abstract Introduction There has been growing interest in a better understanding of the etiology of compulsive sexual behavior (CSB). It is assumed that facilitated appetitive conditioning might be an important mechanism for the development and maintenance of CSB, but no study thus far has investigated these processes. Aim To explore group differences in neural activity […]

“Can Pornography be Addictive? An fMRI Study of Men Seeking Treatment for Problematic Pornography Use”

Posted on April 3, 2017, in Addiction, Brain Science, Men, Research

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Title: Can Pornography be Addictive? An fMRI Study of Men Seeking Treatment for Problematic Pornography Use
Publication: Neuropsychopharmacology
Author: Gola, Mateusz, Bartosz Kossowski, Scott Makeig, Artur Marchewka, Marc N. Potenza, Guillaume Sescousse, Michał Lew-Starowicz, Małgorzata Wordecha, and Marek Wypych
Date: 01/30/2017

Abstract Pornography consumption is highly prevalent, particularly among young adult males. For some individuals, problematic pornography use (PPU) is a reason for seeking treatment. Despite the pervasiveness of pornography, PPU appears under-investigated, including with respect to the underlying neural mechanisms. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we examined ventral striatal responses to erotic and monetary […]

“Motivational Systems in Adolescence: Possible Implications for Age Differences in Substance Abuse and Other Risk-Taking Behaviors”

Posted on December 1, 2016, in Brain Science, Physiological, Research, Teens

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Title: "Motivational Systems in Adolescence: Possible Implications for Age Differences in Substance Abuse and Other Risk-Taking Behaviors"
Publication: Brain and Cognition
Author: Doremus-Fitzwater, Tamara L., Elena I. Varlinskaya, and Linda P. Spear
Date: 02/16/2010

Abstract Adolescence is an evolutionarily conserved developmental phase characterized by hormonal, physiological, neural and behavioral alterations evident widely across mammalian species. For instance, adolescent rats, like their human counterparts, exhibit elevations in peer-directed social interactions, risk-taking/novelty seeking and drug and alcohol use relative to adults, along with notable changes in motivational and reward-related brain regions. […]

“Methamphetamine Acts on Subpopulations of Neurons Regulating Sexual Behavior in Male Rats”

Posted on November 21, 2016, in Addiction, Brain Science, Psychological, Research

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Title: "Methamphetamine Acts on Subpopulations of Neurons Regulating Sexual Behavior in Male Rats"
Publication: Neuroscience 166.3
Author: Frohmader, Karla S., et al.
Date: 03/31/2010

Abstract Methamphetamine (Meth) is a highly addictive stimulant. Meth abuse is commonly associated with the practice of sexual risk behavior and increased prevalence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Meth users report heightened sexual desire, arousal, and sexual pleasure. The biological basis for this drug-sex nexus is unknown. The current study demonstrates that Meth administration in […]

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 […]

“Excessive Video Game Use, Sleep Deprivation, and Poor Working Performance Among U.S. Marines Treated in a Military Mental Health Clinic: A Case Study”

Posted on November 16, 2016, in Brain Science, Military, Physiological

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Title: "Excessive Video Game Use, Sleep Deprivation, and Poor Working Performance Among U.S. Marines Treateed in a Military Mental Health Clinic: A Case Study"
Publication: Military Medicine
Author: Eickhoff, Erin, et al.
Date: 07/07/2015

ABSTRACT Excessive use of video games may be associated with sleep deprivation, resulting in poor job performance and atypical mood disorders. Three active duty service members in the U.S. Marine Corps were offered mental health evaluation for sleep disturbance and symptoms of blunted affect, low mood, poor concentration, inability to focus, irritability, and drowsiness. All […]

“The Impact of Internet Pornography on Adolescents: A Review of the Research”

Posted on November 16, 2016, in Brain Science, Internet, Physiological, Psychological

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Title: "The Impact of Internet Pornography on Adolescents: A Review of the Research"
Publication: Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity
Author: Owens, Eric W., et al.
Date: 04/09/2012

Summary The recent proliferation of Internet-enabled technology has significantly changed the way adolescents encounter and consume sexually explicit material. Once confined to a personal computer attached to a telephone line, the Internet is now available on laptops, mobile phones, video game consoles, and other electronic devices. With the growth of the Internet has come easier […]