Cognitive Processes Related to Problematic Pornography Use (PPU)
A Systematic Review of Experimental Studies
A review of 21 experimental studies from six countries found that problematic pornography use (PPU) was related to negative impacts on brain function in four cognitive areas: attentional bias (in this case toward sexual cues), less inhibitory control, poorer working memory, and impaired decision making. Negative impacts in these cognitive areas are highly associated with substance and behavioral addictions.
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