Porn addiction affects brain-like drug addiction, reveals study

first_imgPorn addiction triggers same brain activity in people as if they are on drugs, significant research reveals.People with compulsive sexual behaviour — an obsession with sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviour which they are unable to control — behave in the same way as patients with drug addictions, according to researchers from the University of Cambridge in Britain.”The patients in our trial were people who had substantial difficulties controlling their sexual behaviour and this was having significant consequences for them, affecting their lives and relationships,” explained Valerie Voon from the department of psychiatry at the University of Cambridge.In many ways, they show similarities in their behaviour to patients with drug addictions, he added.During the study funded by the Wellcome Trust, 19 participants were shown a series of short videos featuring either sexually explicit content or sports while their brain activity was monitored.The researchers found three brain regions — ventral striatum, dorsal anterior cingulate and amygdala — were more active in the brains of the people with compulsive sexual behaviour.These are the regions that are also particularly activated in drug addicts when shown drug stimuli.Patients with compulsive sexual behaviour showed higher levels of desire towards the sexually explicit videos.Excessive use of pornography is one of the main features identified in many people with compulsive sexual behaviour.Voon and colleagues also found a correlation between brain activity and age — the younger the patient, the greater the level of activity in the brain in response to pornography.advertisementAccording to Voon: “It’s important to note the findings could not be used to diagnose the condition or provide evidence that porn is inherently addictive.”The study appeared in the journal PLOS ONE.last_img read more

21 days agoMason ​Mount: Chelsea youngsters helping each other

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Mason ​Mount: Chelsea youngsters helping each otherby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Mason Mount believes there is a positive mentality within the Blues squad that is helping young players come through at the club.Boss Frank Lampard has made it his mission to integrate as many of the club’s youth products into the first team this season.The likes of Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi are enjoying extended game time.And Mount believes that all the youngsters help each other settle and adapt to the demands of being a first team player.”I tried to help Reece in his first start as much as I could but, me being only 20 as well, it’s only my second start,” Mount told reporters. “It’s weird. When you look around, there are so many inexperienced players in the Champions League, young players who just broke through this season.”It’s nice to have that around you where you can all help each other.” last_img read more

Seainvest Inaugurates Antwerp Container Terminal

first_imgzoom Terminal operator Sea-invest has officially inaugurated the Antwerp Container Terminal (ACT) in the Delwaide dock.The container facility covers a total area of 63 hectares with 900 meters of quay on the south side and 150 meters at the head end of the dock. The terminal is equipped with three gantry cranes, three mobile cranes and 350 reefer connections.“With this terminal we are writing a new chapter of our history in the port of Antwerp. Sea-invest started here with bulk activities, then expanded into fruit handling, and several years ago we diversified into tank storage. With ACT we are aiming at pure container activities,”Johan Claes, Managing Director, Sea-invest, commented.Part of the terminal houses is the Progeco empty container & repair depot. As explained, one of the advantages is that not only does Progeco have its own gate on the landward side but also there is access from the waterfront so that containers can be exchanged in either direction.ACT has also upgraded the 6,000 m² Borealis warehouse that was already present on this site.“With this terminal we aim to serve niche carriers, together with ships that can take a lock passage. In this sense our activities here are complementary to the container activities in the Deurganck dock. Our activities don’t in any way diminish the need to develop the planned Seaftinghe dock so that Antwerp can continue to meet the needs of the worldwide container carriers,” Claes stressed.Additionally, barge operators will not be confronted with waiting times at the terminal: “We make it a point of honour to handle the barges immediately.”The Sea-invest group acquired the container terminal from Independent Maritime Terminal (IMT) in 2016. The facility was located in the Hansa dock but moved to the Delwaide dock where more water frontage is available to accommodate the future expansion.last_img read more

Ohio State womens soccer to battle Milwaukee in second round of NCAA

The Ohio State women’s soccer team continues NCAA tournament play Friday in a second-round matchup against Milwaukee at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. The Buckeyes (11-8-2) pulled off a 3-0 opening round upset at regional No. 4-seed Tennessee last Saturday behind a pair of goals from junior forward Tiffany Cameron. For a team that had been in somewhat of a slump offensively to finish the regular season, the trio of goals was a welcome sign and what Cameron called “a great confidence booster.” “I was happy that I could redeem myself because the last game (a penalty shootout loss to Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament), I didn’t get any good shooting opportunities. I wasn’t really that dangerous,” Cameron said. “I was really excited that there was kind of like a second chance.” That second chance is being embraced by the entire team. After losing in the first round of the conference tournament, OSU was not expecting to receive a bid to the national tournament but was selected as an at-large team. After the Buckeyes made a run to the national semifinals in last year’s tournament, this year’s team is trying to prove people wrong, Cameron said. “I think that a lot of people last year thought that we got it easy … our selections and stuff,” she said. “We were the underdogs going into the (Tennessee) game so we felt great that we proved everyone wrong because I’m sure a lot of people thought we were going to lose. So, we just like to prove people wrong and come to play. I don’t think it matters, the rankings really. It just matters what team comes to play at the end of the day.” OSU will need to play at a high level against a Milwaukee team that is 19-2 on the season. The Buckeyes are 0-2 against the Panthers all-time, including a 2-1 loss in Columbus last season. “It’s kind of time to step up and see a different result,” coach Lori Walker said. “I think that we certainly have the talent and I think we play soccer well enough … it’s nice that other people believe in what we’ve been doing and have put us in a position to continue to compete. But ultimately right now, it’s about us surviving and advancing, finding ways to score goals.” Both Walker and Cameron agreed that the experience from going deep into last year’s tournament has been a benefit to the team. “It just adds a level of comfort to knowing how long the season can go,” Walker said. “A lot of players at this point in the season are tired emotionally, they’re tired physically. I think this group is just thrilled to still be playing and still be together and the energy at training has been really high. “They have nothing to lose at this point, it’s not like we’re trying to defend being the Big Ten champions, defend going to the (national semifinals), just come out and play. And so they’ve really taken the pressure off of them and they’re really just showing up and enjoying their time together and trying to advance.” The winner of OSU and Milwaukee will face the winner of Duke and Georgia at 1 p.m. Sunday at Koskinen Stadium. read more

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