Your Brain on Porn by Gary Wilson
The second edition of this excellent and concise book is now available.
“Your Brain on Porn is written in a simple clear language appropriate for expert and layperson alike and is rooted firmly within the principles of neuroscience, behavioural psychology and evolution theory … As an experimental psychologist, I have spent over forty years researching the bases of motivation and I can confirm that Wilson’s analysis fits very well with all that I have found.”
Professor Frederick Toates, Open University, author of How Sexual Desire Works: The Enigmatic Urge.
In 2014, when Your Brain on Porn was first published, online pornography and other technological substitutes for human connection barely featured in public debate. Since then the wider culture has been slowly realising that staring at a screen or plugging into a VR headset is not the path to sexual liberation. The evidence points in the opposite direction. Graphic sexual content, available on demand, and in apparently infinite variety, may pose a significant threat to human wellbeing. Forty studies now link porn use to poorer cognitive function and mental health problems. Twenty-three studies link porn use to sexual problems and lower arousal to sexual stimuli. Five of these suggest causation because the men being assessed healed problems by eliminating porn use.