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Subject: Research on Pornography addiction
Category: Health > Men\'s Health
Asked by: emporerej-ga
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Posted: 22 Apr 2002 11:07 PDT
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I would like information/studies showing a correlation between the prolonged 
exposure to video sexual activity and inability to perform sexual relations 
without the aid of video pornography. Studies of this nature were done during 
the mid-eighties for the president's commision on obscenity. I need results of 
those studies. I have done some research on this but are unable to find the 
exact studies done. a correct answer to this question will include the study 
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Research on Pornography addiction
From: voila-ga on 22 Apr 2002 11:28 PDT
Hi Em,

If I had more time, I'd check out the researcher names "Linz, Donnerstein, and 
Penrod."  They did studies in the mid-1980s and their results are included in 
the President's Commission on Obscenity.  

Hope this helps as a researching clue.
Subject: Re: Research on Pornography addiction
From: voila-ga on 22 Apr 2002 13:41 PDT
Checking a bit further L/D/P studies have more to do with the 
violence/pornography link.  

The name Park Dietz seems to factor heavily in the equation and people helping 
research this for you might also look for search criteria under the Attorney 
General's Committee on Pornography for additional clues. 


Happy hunting!
Subject: Re: Research on Pornography addiction
From: emporerej-ga on 22 Apr 2002 20:05 PDT
Yes, unfortunately they seem to want to prove the violence link everywhere. I 
have the complete printing of the president's commission.
I know there is a report out there somewhere though. I remember reading it once 
a long time ago.
Subject: Re: Research on Pornography addiction
From: voila-ga on 22 Apr 2002 20:53 PDT
Hi again Em!

Ran down these two references that look promising from the Journal of Sex 
Marital Therapy.  Worth a look at PubMed?
A preliminary examination of the pornography experience of sex offenders, 
paraphiliacs, sexual dysfunction patients, and controls based on Meese 
Commission recommendations.

Condron MK, Nutter DE

J Sex Marital Ther 1988 Winter, 14: 285-98

Sexual fantasy and activity patterns of males with inhibited sexual desire and 
males with erectile dysfunction versus normal controls.

Nutter DE, Condron MK

J Sex Marital Ther 1985 Summer, 11: 91-8


Will check on this thread tomorrow.  It's been quite the adventure today!
Subject: Re: Research on Pornography addiction
From: voila-ga on 23 Apr 2002 09:16 PDT
Hi again,

There is so much information on the web about this topic, it's difficult to 
narrow the focus, but I'm sure a paid researcher is hard at work on your 
project.  Here's another link I thought you might be interested in as it's 
heavily annotated, just difficult to read as it's in a microfont. 

Also, I see the Univ. of VA. link above just takes you to the library.  I found 
the Park Dietz connection by entering "Dietz, Prof. Park" on Google.

Subject: Re: Research on Pornography addiction
From: voila-ga on 24 Apr 2002 06:26 PDT
And one more link I found using search words "lack of arousal" "erotic 
stimulation""studies."  The article is entitled "Reconceptualizing Sexual 
Arousal" and it might be the J. Bancroft studies you're looking for.
Subject: Re: Research on Pornography addiction
From: voila-ga on 25 Apr 2002 00:11 PDT
You might also check Edward Khantzian's self-medicating hypothesis of
addictive behaviors and the role of dopamine in the addictive process.
Subject: Re: Research on Pornography addiction
From: voila-ga on 25 Apr 2002 10:27 PDT
Hi Em,

Here are a couple links I thought you might be interested in:

Anyway, I'm out.  It only took a week or so to get me hooked on Google
Answers.  Scary, huh?

It was a pleasure working with you.

Subject: Re: Research on Pornography addiction
From: voila-ga on 28 Apr 2002 21:08 PDT
Hi again, Em!

Didn’t mean to leave so abruptly but after a while I got the feeling
this might be one of those 'plant' question. Since mine has been the
only response to your query, it made me think this was a ‘red
herring.’ (I refer you to johnfrench's question 'game theory and
google answers' a couple screens over and an equally fascinating
subject.) Since this is a trial version of GA, it’s possible that
every sort of scenario will get thrown into the mix.

Looking at this hypothesis at face value, it truly seems like an
oxymoron -- that which stimulates can also tranquilize but the more I
read on the subject, the more I came to conclude this was entirely
*possible.* These original studies were not conclusive and some have
questioned their methodologies (no surprise there). However, the
findings are certainly open for interpretation, depending on how you
want to skew the results.

The initial studies were carried out by Howard et al. in 1971 and
expanded on by Zillman and Bryant in 1982-1984 (*see text).

It’s not that much of a leap when you consider the brain as this
wonderfully complex piece of machinery. Too many dips at the nucleus
accumbens (pleasure center) well is bound to cause a disruption of
brain chemicals and interfere in the neural feedback loop. This theory
translates across many addiction patterns (smoking, gambling, eating,
shopping, and various forms of internet addiction).

When you factor in the body/mind/spirit connection, you have a
combination of possible causalities. Anytime an addiction interferes
with a person’s daily functioning, it impacts the *whole* person and,
in turn, their significant others.

The trick seems to be in noticing the subtle clues along the way and
monitoring your own behavior.  Mine smacked me in the face when I
tried to slip into the Kinsey Institute Library archives to access an
article for you!  I decided it was time to back off this question for
a while, but my curiosity addiction hadn’t been completely sated. It
is now!

Search Terms:

"functional inhibition"
"nucleus accumbens"
"limbic region"
"androgen receptor cells"
"habitual of sexual arousal"
"habituation of sympathetic excitation"
"hippocampo-cortical feedback loop"
"effects of massive exposure to pornography"
lack of arousal"
"erotic stimulation"
"lack of emotional response"
"gambling addiction"
"smoking addition"
"sexual addiction"
"Meese Commission"
"Technical Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography"
"selective excitolytic lesions of the nucleus accumbens core and shell
differential affect aversive Pavlovian conditioning to discrete and
contextual cues"
"functional organization of the hippocampal memory system"
"exposure intervals"
"novel stimuli"
"Paul Pearsall"
"Lopes, da Silva"
"Howard, Reifler, Liptzin, Lipton, and Wideman"
"Mann, Berkowitz, Sidman, Starr and West"
"Zillman and Bryant" 
*  (search words:  effects of pornography)

FYI, none of the links above are objectionable unless 'words' are
objectionable to someone.  Most articles are written in clinical terms
or legalese.  I hope this is what you need because this is all I'm

Bye now (really!),
Subject: Re: Research on Pornography addiction
From: voila-ga on 28 Apr 2002 21:40 PDT
Of course, the link (the 2nd one) you need most didn't show up!  Use
the first link and scroll down to PDF doc "Effects of Prolonged
Consumption of Pornography."
Subject: Re: Research on Pornography addiction
From: emporerej-ga on 28 Apr 2002 22:12 PDT
This is most certainly not a "plant" question.
googles sent me about this new service, and I had been reseraching it
on my own for a while.
I just got so sick and tired of reading religeous answers to the
problem. I'm looking for some real serious studies here....not a
lesson in how immoral it all is. You would be amazed how many times
I've read about the people being saved from themselves.
I was beginning to think it was ALL hype.
It does seem you are doing some serious research.

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