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Addicted to Brain Scans

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"The debate about the nature of hypersexuality exemplifies a broader cultural confusion about addiction, a concept that has been medicalized to the point that people think it means both less and more than it really does."

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Curator comment: Stanton Peele fleshes out a position he originally expressed in a blog post last year in reaction to the  2013 UCLA study that has garnered so much attention in the field since its initial publication. He remains wholly unimpressed by attempts to isolate the nature of addiction via brain scans and continues to advocate for a subjective, experiential definition of addiction.


Source: Reason.com: "Free minds and free markets." March 2014.

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‘High desire’, or ‘merely’ an addiction? A response to Steele et al.

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"To trivialize, minimize, and de-pathologize compulsive sexuality is to fail to understand the central biological role of sexuality in human motivation and evolution. It demonstrates a naiveté with regard to what is now an accepted understanding of current reward neuroscience, in that it pronounces sexual desire as inherent, immutable, and uniquely immune from the possibility of change either qualitatively or quantitatively......

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Curator comment: This is Donald Hilton's scathing response to a 2013 article in  Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology.  The details may seem arcane to a casual reader but the issues go to the heart of what neuroscience is attempting to discern about just what is meant by "desire" and its relation to the concept of addiction.  Other material referencing the original study can be found on this site by clicking this link.


Published 21 February 2014.

Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology 2014, 4: 23833 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/snp.v4.23833.  

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