Peer-reviewed critiques of Prause et al., 2015

Introduction Study: “Modulation of late positive potentials by sexual images in problem users and controls inconsistent with porn addiction” (Prause et al., 2015) Claim: Nicole Prause boldly claimed that her solitary EEG study “falsified the porn addiction model.” Reality: The results indicate habituation/desensitization. Because this paper reported greater porn use related to less brain activation […]

Pro-Porn PhD’s Deny Porn-induced ED by Claiming Masturbation Is the Problem

In the last year, an audacious red herring has insinuated itself into the tweets and blogs of some AASECT sexologists: the notion that PIED (porn-induced erectile dysfunction) is caused by masturbation. Without offering any scientific support, this band of porn-apologists has determined to persuade us that porn is not behind the recent rise of coital […]

John A. Johnson on Steele et al., 2013 (and Johnson debating Nicole Prause in comments section under his Psychology Today article)

Steele et al., 2013 spokesperson Nicole Prause conducted several interviews about her July, 2013 EEG study on people complaining of having difficulties controlling their porn use. Commenting under the Psychology Today interview of Nicole Prause, senior psychology professor emeritus John A. Johnson said: A gap in logical inference Submitted by John A. Johnson Ph.D. on […]

Analysis of “Data do not support sex as addictive” (Prause et al., 2017)

Introduction Nicole Prause touts yet another of her letters to the editor as “debunking” the existence of sex addiction and porn addiction (“Compulsive sexual behaviour disorder” in the upcoming ICD-11). Yet it does not. This 240-word opinion piece (Prause et al., 2017) cites zero studies to support its claims, providing only a single, easily refuted […]

Peer-reviewed critiques of Steele et al., 2013

Background: Steele et al., 2013 On March 6th, 2013 David Ley and spokesperson Nicole Prause teamed up to write a Psychology Today blog post about Steele et al., 2013 called “Your Brain on Porn – It’s NOT Addictive“. Its oh-so-catchy title is misleading as it has nothing to do with Your Brain on Porn or […]

Sexual Function in 16- to 21-Year-Olds in Britain (2016)

COMMENTS: This study reported the following rates of sexual functioning problems in 16-21 year old males (data from 2010-2012): Lacked interest in having sex: 10.5% Difficulty reaching climax: 8.3% Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection: 7.8% The above rates are significantly higher than those reported prior to the advent of the internet. For example, erectile […]

Dismantling David Ley’s Response to Philip Zimbardo: “We Must Rely on Good Science in Porn Debate” (2016)

The following is YBOP’s response to David Ley’s Psychology Today blog post “We Must Rely on Good Science in Porn Debate (2016).” Ley’s post is his response to Philip Zimbardo’s Psychology Today blog post “Is Porn Good For Us or Bad For Us?” (2016). While Ley’s title says we must rely on “good science,” it […]

Neurocognitive mechanisms in compulsive sexual behavior disorder (2018) – Excerpts analyzing Prause et al., 2015

Link to PDF of full paper – Neurocognitive mechanisms in compulsive sexual behavior disorder (2018). Excerpt analyzing Prause et al., 2015 (which is citation 87) A study using EEG, conducted by Prause and colleagues, suggested that individuals who feel distressed about their pornography use, as compared to a control group who do not feel distress […]

Neurocognitive mechanisms in compulsive sexual behavior disorder (2018) – Excerpt analyzing Steele et al., 2013

Link to PDF of full paper – Neurocognitive mechanisms in compulsive sexual behavior disorder (2018). Excerpts analyzing Steele et al., 2013 (which is citation 68): Klucken and colleagues recently observed that participants with CSB as compared to participants without displayed greater activation of the amygdala during presentation of conditioned cues (colored squares) predicting erotic pictures […]

Neurocognitive mechanisms in compulsive sexual behavior disorder (2018)

October 2018, Current Sexual Health Reports DOI: 10.1007/s11930-018-0176-z Abstract Purpose of review: The current review summarizes the latest findings concerning neurobiological mechanisms of compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD) and provides recommendations for future research specific to the diagnostic classification of the condition. Recent findings: To date, most neuroimaging research on compulsive sexual behavior has provided […]