Critique of Samuel Perry’s “Is the Link Between Pornography Use and Relational Happiness Really More About Masturbation? Results From Two National Surveys” (2019)

Sorry Dr. Perry, it’s the porn. 2021 study guts Perry’s pet theory that masturbation, not porn, is the critical factor in relationship problems. See Pornography and Sexual Dissatisfaction: The Role of Pornographic Arousal, Upward Pornographic Comparisons, and Preference for Pornographic Masturbation (2021). SHOCKING UPDATE – 2019: Author Samuel Perry confirmed his agenda-driven bias when he […]

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Critiques of Questionable & Misleading Studies; Debunking Propaganda Pieces

Introduction This section of the site provides critiques of studies and commentaries about which YBOP and others have serious reservations. In some, the methodology raises concerns. In others, the conclusions appear inadequately supported. And, in others, the title or terminology used is misleading given the actual study results. Some grossly misrepresent the real findings. Others […]

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Op-ed: Who exactly is misrepresenting the science on pornography?

Introduction by YourBrainOnPorn.com I cannot tell you how many times the following “letter to editor” to a Salt Lake newspaper has been cited as “proof” porn use causes no problems and porn addiction doesn’t exist: Op-ed: Anti-porn school program misrepresents science. It’s often posted on social media (Quora, Twitter, Facebook) as evidence that YBOP, Fight […]

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Analysis of “Modulation of late positive potentials by sexual images in problem users and controls inconsistent with porn addiction” (Prause et al., 2015)

Introduction Because this EEG study reported greater porn use related to less brain activation to vanilla porn it is listed as supporting the hypothesis that chronic porn use down regulates sexual arousal. Put simply, the more frequent porn users were bored by static images of ho-hum porn (its findings parallel Kuhn & Gallinat., 2014). These […]

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Can porn use affect memory and concentration?

“Better concentration,” “no more brain fog,” clearer thinking,” and “improved memory” are a few of the most common benefits reported by those who reboot. Here’s one: My mental abilities have only improved in the last year and a half. I’m serious as a heart attack about that. I’m more calm, have improved my musical skills […]

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Your Brain on Porn Book (2nd edition)

Grudging tribute from the porn/sex industry: Wilson’s book has been an unbeatable Amazon bestseller in the “pornography studies” category since publication. ~ Gustavo Turner, XBIZ: The Industry Source (2021) The Your Brain on Porn book was first published in 2014. Since then it has helped readers to better understand the science of addiction and the […]

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Relevant Research and Articles About the Studies

Below this long intro are many sub-sections containing relevant studies. Relevant Research – first we have lists of studies that provide support for the claims made by YBOP. (See Questionable & Misleading Studies for highly publicized papers that are not what they claim to be.): Porn/sex addiction? This page lists 57 neuroscience-based studies (MRI, fMRI, […]

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Neurological studies on porn users by Matthias Brand and his team

Matthias Brand is the head of the department General Psychology: Cognition at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Brand’s team of researchers). Listed below are the neurological studies on porn users, and reviews of the literature/commentaries on porn use/addiction, that Brand and his team have published: 1) Watching Pornographic Pictures on the Internet: Role of Sexual Arousal […]

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