Pornography Addiction Revealed By Brain Scan, Similar To Alcoholism Or Drug Addiction

Brain Scan 'Can Reveal Porn Addiction'
Porn addiction revealed in brain scan
Porn addiction revealed in brain scan

The brains of people who are hooked on pornography behave in a similar way to those of alcoholics or drug addicts, a new study has found.

Academics from Cambridge University studied people who said they had a problem with the amount of pornography they use.

The Sunday Times reported that the scientists found that part of the people's brain "lit up" when shown explicit material - the same activity that is reported in the brains of other types of addicts.

A total of 19 compulsive porn-viewers were tested alongside a group of people who said they did not have the same habit.

Principle researcher Dr Valerie Voon told the Sunday Times: “We found greater activity in an area of the brain called the ventral striatum, which is a reward centre, involved in processing reward, motivation and pleasure.”

The study will feature in Channel 4 documentary Porn on the Brain at the end of the month.

Meanwhile, women's rights activists are to protest outside an adult industry conference over its plan to host a summit challenging online pornography censorship proposals.

Members of the London Feminist Network and anti-sexism group OBJECT are upset with an item listed for the XBIZ EU three-day conference, due to be held at the capital's Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Hotel from Sunday.

Monday's agenda includes a topic entitled State of the Industry: The War on Porn, which is expected to discuss David Cameron's recently announced proposals to limit access to some pornographic websites.

  • Porn On The Brain is on Channel 4 on Monday, September 30

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