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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, […]

The Associations Between Adolescents’ Consumption of Pornography and Music Videos and Their Sexting Behavior


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Title: The Associations Between Adolescents’ Consumption of Pornography and Music Videos and Their Sexting Behavior
Publication: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Author: Joris Van Ouytsel, Koen Ponnet, and Michel Walrave
Date: 12/01/2014

ABSTRACT Several scholars have argued that adolescents’ sexting behavior might be influenced by their media use. However, to date, empirical evidence of the link between media socialization and engagement in sexting behavior remains scarce. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether music video and pornography consumption are able to predict a range of sexting behaviors among […]

The post-porn wave: why some young people are shunning videos of misogynistic sex


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Title: The post-porn wave: why some young people are shunning videos of misogynistic sex
Publication: The Independent
Author: Janey Stephenson
Date: 10/28/2014

There is concern in the UK over young people’s access to pornography: some want to block it, some want to see more vigilant age restrictions. Either way, the relationship that teenagers have with porn is rarely discussed with the nuance and patience it deserves. Today’s twenty-somethings are our lab rats: the first generation to go through puberty […]

Top Five Warning Signs of Internet Pornography Addiction


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Title: Top Five Warning Signs of Internet Pornography Addiction
Publication: PRNewswire
Author: The American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
Date: 10/28/2014

SEATTLE, Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With Internet usage skyrocketing to three billion users worldwide this year—nearly 40% of the world population from 1% in 1995—mental health professionals are struggling with an issue that has risen just as quickly:  Internet pornography addiction, one of the most common addictions today. Sister Marysia Weber, DO, an osteopathic family physician certified by the […]

Fiction or Not? Fifty Shades is Associated with Health Risks in Adolescent and Young Adult Females


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Title: Fiction or Not? Fifty Shades is Associated with Health Risks in Adolescent and Young Adult Females
Publication: Journal of Women's Health (Volume 23, Number 9)
Author: Amy E. Bonomi, Julianna M. Nemeth, Lauren E. Altenburger, Melissa L. Anderson, Anastasia Snyder, Irma Dotto
Date: 08/21/2014

Background No prior study has empirically characterized the association between health risks and reading popular fiction depicting violence against women. Fifty Shades—a blockbuster fiction series—depicts pervasive violence against women, perpetuating a broader social narrative that normalizes these types of risks and behaviors in women’s lives. The present study characterized the association between health risks in women […]

Cybersex Addiction in Heterosexual Female Users of Internet Pornography Can Be Explained by Gratification Hypothesis

Posted on August 20, 2014, in Addiction, Brain Science, Internet, Research, Women

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Title: Cybersex Addiction in Heterosexual Female Users of Internet Pornography Can Be Explained by Gratification Hypothesis
Publication: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking (Volume: 17 Issue 8)
Author: Christian Laier, Jaro Pekal, and Matthias Brand
Date: 07/31/2014

Abstract In the context of Internet addiction, cybersex is considered to be an Internet application in which users are at risk for developing addictive usage behavior. Regarding males, experimental research has shown that indicators of sexual arousal and craving in response to Internet pornographic cues are related to severity of cybersex addiction in Internet pornography […]

The New Narcotic (Opinion)

Posted on November 11, 2013, in Addiction, Brain Science, Opinion

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Title: The New Narcotic
Publication: The Witherspoon Institute
Author: Morgan Bennett
Date: 10/09/2013

New neurological research reveals that porn is as potently addictive as heroin or cocaine. A growing body of research supports such an assertion as it relates to a new “narcotic”: internet pornography. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that in 2008 there were 1.9 million cocaine users. According to the Central Intelligence […]

Pornography Addiction – A supranormal stimulus considered in the context of neuroplasticity (RESEARCH)

Posted on July 23, 2013, in Addiction, Brain Science, Research

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Title: Pornography Addiction - A supranormal stimulus considered in the context of neuroplasticity (RESEARCH)
Publication: Socioeffective Neuroscience & Psychology
Author: Donald Hilton, MD
Date: 20130719

ABSTRACT: Addiction has been a divisive term when applied to various compulsive sexual behaviors (CSBs), including obsessive use of pornography. Despite a growing acceptance of the existence of natural or process addictions based on an increased understanding of the function of the mesolimbic dopaminergic reward systems, there has been a reticence to label CSBs as potentially addictive. While […]