Debunking the debunker: Critique of letter to the editor “Prause et al. (2015) the latest falsification of addiction predictions”

Introduction: In various comments, articles and tweets Nicole Prause has claimed that not only did Prause et al., 2015 falsify “a core tenet of the addiction model, the cue reactivity biomarker,” but that “a series of behavioral studies replicated by independent laboratories [falsify] other predictions of the addiction model.” Prause cites the Letter to the […]

Analysis of “Perceived Effects of Pornography on the Couple Relationship: Initial Findings of Open-Ended, Participant-Informed, Bottom-Up Research” (2016)

COMMENTS: Is the intention behind this study to (attempt to) counter the many studies that show porn use has negative effects on relationships? The two main problems with this study are: It does not contain a representative sample. Whereas most studies show that a tiny minority of porn users’ partners use porn, in this study […]

“Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports” – Excerpt analyzing Steele et al., 2013

Link to full study – Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports (2016) Excerpt analyzing Steele et al., 2013: A 2013 EEG study by Steele et al. reported higher P300 amplitude to sexual images, relative to neutral pictures, in individuals complaining of problems regulating their Internet pornography use [48]. Substance abusers […]

“Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports” – Excerpt analyzing Prause et al., 2015

Link to full study – Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports (2016) Excerpt analyzing Prause et al., 2015 A 2015 EEG study by Prause et al. compared frequent viewers of Internet pornography (mean 3.8 h/week) who were distressed about their viewing to controls (mean 0.6 h/week) as they viewed sexual […]

Decreased LPP for sexual images in problematic pornography users may be consistent with addiction models. Everything depends on the model. (Commentary on Prause, Steele, Staley, Sabatinelli, & Hajcak, 2015) by Matuesz Gola PhD. (2016)

See this page for our critique and 4 other peer-reviewed analyses of Prause et al., 2015. Update: Prause et al. replied to Mateusz Gola’s letter. Here’s a comprehensive response to the Prause et al claims. Biol Psychol. 2016 May 24. pii: S0301-0511(16)30182-X. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2016.05.003. Link to PDF Gola Mateusz1. 1Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, Institute […]

Critique of: “Is Pornography Use Associated with Sexual Difficulties and Dysfunctions among Younger Heterosexual Men?” (2015)

UPDATE 1: Comment on: Is Pornography Use Associated with Sexual Difficulties and Dysfunctions among Younger Heterosexual Men? by Gert Martin Hald, PhD UPDATE 2: Landripet & Stulhofer’s paper omitted two significant correlations they presented to a European conference: Reporting a preference for specific pornographic genres were significantly associated with erectile (but not ejaculatory or desire-related) […]

Comment on: “Is Pornography Use Associated with Sexual Difficulties and Dysfunctions among Younger Heterosexual Men?” by Gert Martin Hald PhD (2015)

Link to PubMed version by Gert Martin Hald Article first published online: 14 MAY 2015 J Sex Med 2015;12:1140–1141 Surprisingly, given its potential clinical relevance, very few studies have attempted to investigate relationships between pornography consumption and common sexual dysfunctions and problems (in the following referred to as “sexual difficulties”). When having done so, the […]

Studies linking porn use/sex addiction to sexual problems, lower arousal to sexual stimuli, and less sexual & relationship satisfaction

Regardless of what you may read in some journalistic accounts, multiple studies reveal a link between porn use and sexual performance problems, relationship and sexual dissatisfaction, and reduced brain activation to sexual stimuli. Let’s start with sexual dysfunctions. Studies assessing young male sexuality since 2010 report historic levels of sexual dysfunctions, and startling rates of […]

Should compulsive sexual behavior be considered an addiction? (2016): Excerpt analyzing “Prause et al., 2015”

Link to original paper – Should compulsive sexual behavior be considered an addiction? (2016) COMMENTS: This review, like the other papers, says that Prause et al., 2015 aligns with Kühn & Gallinat, 2014 (Citation 72) which found that more porn use correlated with less brain activation in response to pictures of vanilla porn. In other […]