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 […]

“Neuroscience of Internet Pornography Addiction: A Review and Update” – Excerpt critiquing Prause et al., 2015

Link to the original full paper: “Neuroscience of Internet Pornography Addiction: A Review and Update” (2015) Excerpt critiquing Prause et al., 2015: Another EEG study involving three of the same authors was recently published [309]. Unfortunately, this new study suffered from many of the same methodological issues as the prior one [303]. For example, it […]

Neurobiology of Compulsive Sexual Behavior: Emerging Science (2016): Analyzes Prause et al., 2015

COMMENTS: While this paper (below) is only a brief summation, it contains a few key observations. For example, it states that both Prause et al., 2015 and Kuhn & Gallinat, 2014 report a similar finding: greater porn use correlating with greater habituation to porn. Both studies reported lower brain activation in response to brief exposure […]

“Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals with and without Compulsive Sexual Behaviours” (2014): Excerpt analyzing Steele et al., 2013

Link to full study – “Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals with and without Compulsive Sexual Behaviours” (2014) Excerpt analyzing “Steele et al., 2013″ (citation 25 is Steele et al.): Our findings suggest dACC activity reflects the role of sexual desire, which may have similarities to a study on the P300 in CSB […]

“Neuroscience of Internet Pornography Addiction: A Review and Update” – Excerpt critiquing Steele et al., 2013

Link to full paper – “Neuroscience of Internet Pornography Addiction: A Review and Update” (2015) Excerpt critiquing “Steele et al., 2013″: An EEG study on those complaining of problems regulating their viewing of internet pornography has reported the neural reactivity to sexual stimuli [303]. The study was designed to examine the relationship between ERP amplitudes […]

Critique of “Perceived Addiction to Internet Pornography and Psychological Distress: Examining Relationships Concurrently and Over Time” (2015)

Here are a few of the headlines birthed from this new study  by Joshua B. Grubbs, Nicholas Stauner, Julie J. Exline, Kenneth I. Pargament, and Matthew J. Lindberg (Grubbs et al.): Watching Porn Is OK. Believing In Porn Addiction Is Not Perceived Addiction To Porn Is More Harmful Than Porn Use Itself Believing You Have […]