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Podcast: Brain Science and Porn Addiction

Last Updated: April 17, 2015

When someone views pornography, how does the brain react? Much research has been done in recent years about the brain science of pornography addiction. To help understand some of the nuances that researchers have discovered, listen to the following interviews of Mark B. Kastleman, author of the new book, The Drug of the New Millennium – The Brain Science Behind Internet Pornography Use.

Kastleman talks extensively about the endorphins that are released while watching pornography, how watching pornography is akin to an injection of cocaine, and why it is so hard to break the addiction to pornography. The podcasts are geared towards helping parents understand the dangers of being exposed to porn at a young age.

You can listen to the interviews by clicking the links below:

Interview with Mark Kastleman, Part 1

Interview with Mark Kastleman, Part 2

These podcasts are hosted by Dr. Charles D. Knutson, who is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University.

  1. I’m a Christian and struggle with pornography addiction. I’m 33 and struggle to have intimate relationships with women. I’m unmarried and grow increasingly cynical about romance in relationships. Pornography gives me a way for sexual release without the struggle and stress of romantic pursuits. I wish I felt differently about love and sex, because I love God and I encounter loving and Godly women in work and among friends. I just can’t associate romance and sex with Godliness.

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