“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 […]

Current List of Brain Studies on Porn Users

Listed below are all the “brain” studies on porn users currently published (or in the press). These study results are consistent with 220+ Internet addiction brain studies, some of which also include internet porn use. In short, there’s ample (and growing) peer-reviewed scientific support for the addiction model. All support the premise that internet porn […]

Analysis of “Modulation of late positive potentials by sexual images in problem users and controls inconsistent with ‘porn addiction’ (2015)”, by SPAN Lab

COMMENTS: Published July 2015, we will refer to it as Prause, et al., 2015. Because this paper reported less brain activation to vanilla porn (pictures) related to greater porn use, it is listed as supporting the hypothesis that chronic porn use down regulates sexual arousal. Put simply, chronic porn users were bored by static images of […]

Nothing Adds Up in Dubious Study: Youthful Subjects’ ED Left Unexplained, by Gabe Deem

Published: 3/12/2015 (link to original article) UPDATE: June 11, 2015: A peer-reviewed critique by Richard A. Isenberg MD UPDATE: List of studies linking porn use/porn addiction to sexual problems, low libido, less brain activation to vanilla porn, and less sexual satisfaction. UPDATE: August 5, 2016: Peer-reviewed paper by US Navy doctors – Is Internet Pornography […]

The Bogus Sex Addiction “Controversy” and the Purveyors of Ignorance, by Linda Hatch, PhD

I still sometimes read a newspaper.  Today’s LA Times had the absolutely best article I have seen in years.  It is called “Sowing Doubt About Science” by Michael Hiltzik. Agnotology, the study of the production of ignorance The Hiltzik article reports on the work of Robert Proctor, a history of science professor at Stanford specializing […]