Aww Lord, I sure hope no money was put into research for this s#it cause I coulda told em this for absolutely nuffin! Hehehhehe! I bet all those who owned up to having this phantom illness sure feel stupid now!
- Scientists have found that if drug addicts are shown images of a drug, their brain activity immediately reacts and changes significantly
- But experts found that a ‘sex addict’s’ brain activity, when shown erotic images, does not change according to the severity of their addiction
- This suggests that sex addiction may not exist neurologically and that ‘condition’ could just be case of heightened sexual desire or libido
By EMMA INNES
Sex addiction may not exist, according to a study.
But new evidence suggests that ‘hypersexuality’ is not a real neurological or physiological disorder, but just a case of heightened sexual desire.
Researchers studied 50 people who had been diagnosed with sex addiction.
They were asked to look at sexual images to evoke pleasant and unpleasant feelings – a test used in similar studies when monitoring how drug addicts’ brains respond to images of drugs.
Drug addicts who observe images of drugs show an almost instantaneous change in brain activity when photographs of the substance they are addicted to are placed in front of them.
But scientists found that the brain responses from ‘sex addicts’ were related only to their level of sexual desire, not to the severity of their ‘condition’.
Study author Nicole Prause, of the University of California, Los Angeles, told Popsci: ‘Hypersexuality does not appear to explain brain differences in sexual response any more than just having a high libido.’
She added that this ‘suggests that hypersexuality explains nothing in particular about brain responses to erotica’.
The aim of the study was to establish whether brain responses to sexual images could be predicted based on the symptoms of sex addiction.
Marked changes in brain activity are required to establish whether or not sex can be viewed as addictive in the same way that substances, such as heroin, are.
The researchers studied 39 men and 13 women all of whom said they had some degree of sex addiction.
They were asked to look at a range of both sexual, and non-sexual, images while their brain responses were monitored.
Brain activity was then monitored to record how it changes in response to different images. Increased activity could be suggestive of an addiction.
However, there was found to be no link between the severity of a person’s addiction and their brain’s response to the pictures.
Although Ms Prause questioned whether or not hypersexuality can really be called an addiction, she did acknowledge that there could be an effect that is too subtle to be picked up with EEG.
The research was published in the journal Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology.
Culled from dailymail.co.uk