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“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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Internet porn is an experiment in dehumanization (The LA Times)


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Title: Internet porn is an experiment in dehumanization
Publication: The Los Angeles Times
Author: David Horsey
Date: 12/15/2014

You do not have to be a prude to worry about porn. Thanks to the Internet, Americans have been pushed, unwittingly, into a vast social experiment testing whether unfettered access to the most freakish and foul pornography will warp sexual relations for generations to come. The days of boys sneaking peeks at Playboy on a […]

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 […]

Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Vol. 6, Issue 2 • Fall 2011 26 EFFECTS OF SORORITY MEMBERS’ PORNOGRAPHY USEON BYSTANDER INTERVENTIONIN A SEXUAL ASSAULT SITUATION AND RAPE MYTH ACCEPTANCE (Research)

Posted on July 11, 2012, in Physiological, Psychological, Research

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Author: Matthew W. Brosi, John D. Foubert, R.Sean Bannon, and Gabe Yandell Date Published: July 11,2012 Find Full Article here: http://okstate.academia.edu/JohnFoubert/Papers/381124/Brosi_M._W._Foubert_J.D._Bannon_R.S._and_Yandell_G._2011_._Effects_of_womens_pornography_use_on_bystander_willingness_and_efficacy_to_intervene_in_a_sexual_assault_situation_and_rape_myth_acceptance._Oracle_The_Research_Journal_of_the_Association_of_Fraternity_Sorority_Advisors_6_2_26-35 College women’s exposure to pornography is growing nationwide. A limited amount of re-search exists documenting the negative effects of pornography on women’s attitudes and be-havior related to sexual assault. The present study surveyed sorority members at a Midwest-ern public university on their […]

Pornography's Effects on Adults and Children (Research)


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by Victor B. Cline, PhD (c) 2002   Abstract: Whether pornography has any significant harmful effects on consumers continues to be a controversial issue, not only for average citizens but also for behavioral scientists. Some social commentators claim that pornography is mainly a form of entertainment, possibly educational, sometimes sexually arousing, but essentially harmless. Or, […]