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Are You a Brain Porn Addict?

Advances in neuroscience are creating a host of news stories about the role brain's role in behavior. Although many new findings hold promise for greater understanding of the way our minds work, it’s important to put on your critical lenses before applying them to your own life. Read More

This is Excellent!

I'm going to forward copies to friends who teach journalism courses.

Re: This is excellent!

Thanks, DroneDad, I'm so glad you liked the article! Best, Susan

I feel your frustration

I admit that I am something of a prude when it comes to brain porn (and "pulp science" as well), so I am delighted to learn that I am not alone.

I think your description of popular interpretations of brain imaging as "the new phrenology" is highly apropos. Perhaps TIME Magazine should run a cover story about it!

These days, it seems, everyone is a brain scientist (as well as being a climatologist and armchair economist.)

I have developed an allergy to the term "hard-wired" in "explanations" of human behavior. But I confess to believing that some drugs can harm the brain, and that exercise and learning can be good for the brain.

What do you make of the addiction people

What do you make of the addiction people, like PT bloggers Gary Wilson and Marnia Robinson, who are all over the subject of pornography from the point of view of brain chemistry, dopamine, and the like? Are they on to something, or going too far?

Wilson and Robinson are addicted

Wilson and Robinson must be addicted to reading and publishing self-reports and anecdotal evidence from their own blogs and antiporn websites. Moreover, their brains have already been damaged to a great extend to the point that they have lost their ability to distinguish between self-reports written by anxiety-ridden men suffering from ED and scientific evidence.

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Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her latest book is The Search for Fulfillment.

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