Autor

Marc N. Potenza

Can Pornography be Addictive? An fMRI Study of Men Seeking Treatment for Problematic Pornography Use

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PUBLISHED

2017 in Neuropsychopharmacology, Vol. 42, pp. 2021–2031 

KEY FINDINGS
  • This study suggests that, similar to what is observed in substance and gambling addictions, the neural and behavioral mechanisms associated with the anticipatory processing of cues specifically predicting erotic rewards relate importantly to clinically relevant features of PPU - these findings suggest that PPU may represent a behavioral addiction.
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Novelty, Conditioning and Attentional Bias to Sexual Rewards

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PUBLISHED

2016 in Journal of Psychiatric Research, Vol. 72, pp. 91-101

KEY FINDINGS
  • This study shows that compulsive sexual behavior individuals have a dysfunctional enhanced preference for sexual novelty possibly mediated by greater cingulate habituation along with a generalized enhancement of conditioning to rewards.
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Enhanced Attentional Bias towards Sexually Explicit Cues in Individuals With and Without Compulsive Sexual Behaviours

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PUBLISHED

2014 in PLoS ONE 9(8): e105476

KEY FINDINGS
  • This study shows that compared to healthy volunteers, compulsive sexual behavior subjects have enhanced attentional bias to explicit cues but not neutral cues particularly for early stimuli latency...this provides support for an incentive motivation theory of addiction underlying the aberrant response towards sexual cues in compulsive sexual behavior.
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Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals With and Without Compulsive Sexual Behaviours

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2014 in PLoS ONE 9(7): e102419. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102419

KEY FINDINGS
  • Relative to healthy volunteers, compulsive sexual behavior individuals had greater desire, but similar liking scores in response to the sexually explicit videos; this dissociation between desire or wanting and liking is consistent with theories of incentive motivation underlying CSB as in drug addictions.
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Psychometric Development of the Problematic Pornography Use Scale

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PUBLISHED

2014 in Addictive Behaviors, Vol. 39(5), pp. 861-868

KEY FINDINGS
  • Pornography compulsion was found to be associated with higher depression and anxiety.
  • Pornography compulsion was found to be linked to lower self-esteem levels among users.
  • Compulsive pornography users were found to have less secure attachment in their relationships.