Porn cuts off part of brain where we make moral decisions

Created on: 3rd February 2015

According to Dr. David Greenfield, the part of the brain that controls decisions based on values and morality is switched off when people watch pornography.  Dr Greenfield is a psychologist and director of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  He was recently interviewed by Christian Post and said:

“When you’re in a sexual arousal process where you’re looking at pornography, you’re activating Limbic parts of the brain.” “By doing so, the connection to prefrontal cortex- where decisions are weighed by values and morality- is cut off.”

“What we find with addiction and when patterns of behaviour get out of hand- whether it having to be with porn, sex, drugs, alcohol or gambling – the neutral hormonal pathways that project the frontal cortex from the mid-brain seem to cut off.”

“This is why addicts do the same things over and over again. Because they don’t have access or full control over their judgement because their judgement systems are not fully operational.”

Greenfield added that whilst he believes that porn is harmful not everyone that views it becomes addicted.  Other experts highlighted how dangerous porn is to marriages. Patrick A. Trueman from Morality in Media, believes porn addiction threatens marriages. He added:

“Pornography is a marriage killer, and thus, it has monumental negative ramifications for society’s future.”

“Research has shown for some time that porn use in marriage destroys the marital bond, but now we can see that porn use destroys even the desire to get married.”

Couple and Family Therapy Program director at the University of Minnesota, Steve Harris, informed Christian Post that he believes porn has a negative impact on marriages.

“Most couples struggle when porn use is a regular feature in one’s individual behaviour in the relationship.” “It has a negative impact on emotional intimacy, contributes to a consumer mentality regarding one’s sexual relationship, and raises questions about fidelity and trust in even very strong relationships.”

Posted by Amanda Hopkins

www.christianpost.com  

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