http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/358916

Compulsive porn viewing may be an addiction

Posted Sep 23, 2013 by Dawn Denmar
A new study by Cambridge University researchers shows pornography addicts display similar brain activity to drug or alcohol addicts. The survey results are to be shown on a Channel 4 documentary called Porn on the Brain to be screened at 10pm on Sept. 30.
Cerebral refers to the cerebrum  which is the affected area of the brain
Cerebral refers to the cerebrum, which is the affected area of the brain
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The unpublished research study findings tally with results from the United States that seem to show that porn addiction is no different from chemical or substance addictions. The Cambridge study took MRI brain scans of 19 addicted porn users and compared them with brain scans from people who were not porn addicts. The brain scans from porn addicts showed similar activity levels in an area of the brain called the ventral striatum, associated with reward, motivation and pleasure. The activity levels were similar to brain activity levels already noted in alcoholics when they see adverts for drinks or when drug addicts see their dealers. Similar reactions to porn were not obtained from the control group.
The findings of this study are likely to prove of interest to UK Government ministers already looking at proposals to limit access to certain pornographic websites.
Preliminary results from a separate study by researchers in Sydney, Australia has also noted an increase in pornography addictions fueled by the ease of access to porn via the Internet and other recent technologies.