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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 […]

Adolescents’ Exposure to a Sexualized Media Environment and Their Notions of Women as Sex Objects


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Title: Adolescents’ Exposure to a Sexualized Media Environment and Their Notions of Women as Sex Objects
Publication: Sex Roles
Author: Jochen Peter, Patti M. Valkenburg
Date: 02/28/2007

This study was designed to investigate whether adolescents’ exposure to a sexualized media environment is associated with stronger beliefs that women are sex objects. More specifically, we studied whether the association between notions of women as sex objects and exposure to sexual content of varied explicitness (i.e., sexually nonexplicit, semi-explicit, or explicit) and in different […]

Inferring Sexually Deviant Behavior From Corresponding Fantasies: The Role of Personality and Pornography Consumption


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Title: Inferring Sexually Deviant Behavior From Corresponding Fantasies: The Role of Personality and Pornography Consumption
Publication: Criminal Justice and Behavior: An International Journal (Vol 36, Iss 2)
Author: Kevin M. Williams, Barry S. Cooper, Teresa M. Howell, John C. Yuille, Delroy L. Paulhus
Date: 12/01/2008

There is widespread concern that deviant sexual fantasies promote corresponding behaviors. The authors investigated whether that concern is valid in nonoffender samples. Self-reports of nine deviant sexual fantasies and behaviors were compared in two samples of male undergraduates. In Study 1, 95% of respondents reported experiencing at least one sexually deviant fantasy, and 74% reported […]

“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
Date:

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 […]

Men’s Likelihood of Sexual Aggression: The Influence of Alcohol, Sexual Arousal, and Violent Pornography


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Title: Men’s Likelihood of Sexual Aggression: The Influence of Alcohol, Sexual Arousal, and Violent Pornography
Publication: Aggressive Behavior (Vol 32, Iss 6)
Author: Kelly Cue Davis, Jeanette Norris, William H. George, Joel Martell, and Julia R. Heiman
Date: 10/17/2006

Previous research findings have indicated that both alcohol intoxication and violent pornography exposure may contribute to increased sexual aggression by men. This study used an experimental paradigm to examine the effects of a moderate alcohol dose, alcohol-related beliefs, and victim response on men’s self-reported likelihood of committing sexual aggression. A community sample of male social […]

Brain Structure and Functional Connectivity Associated With Pornography Consumption: The Brain on Porn

Posted on May 28, 2015, in Brain Science, Cybersex, Internet, Men, Physiological, Research, Women

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Title: Brain Structure and Functional Connectivity Associated With Pornography Consumption: The Brain on Porn
Publication: JAMA Psychiatry
Author: Simone Kühn, Jürgen Gallinat
Date: 05/28/2014

IMPORTANCE Since pornography appeared on the Internet, the accessibility, affordability, and anonymity of consuming visual sexual stimuli have increased and attracted millions of users. Based on the assumption that pornography consumption bears resemblance with reward-seeking behavior, novelty-seeking behavior, and addictive behavior, we hypothesized alterations of the frontostriatal network in frequent users. OBJECTIVE To determine whether […]

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 […]