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      Neurocognitive Findings in Compulsive Sexual Behavior: A Preliminary Study

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      Journal of Behavioral Addictions
      Akadémiai Kiadó
      sex, neurocognition, impulsivity

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          Background and Aims

          Compulsive sexual behavior (CSB) is a common behavior affecting 3–6% of the population, characterized by repetitive and intrusive sexual urges or behaviors that typically cause negative social and emotional consequences.


          For this small pilot study on neurological data, we compared 13 individuals with CSB and gender-matched healthy controls on diagnostic assessments and computerized neurocognitive testing.


          No significant differences were found between the groups.


          These data contradict a common hypothesis that CSB is cognitively different from those without psychiatric comorbidities as well as previous research on impulse control disorders and alcohol dependence. Further research is needed to better understand and classify CSB based on these findings.

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                Author and article information

                J Behav Addict
                J Behav Addict
                Journal of Behavioral Addictions
                Akadémiai Kiadó
                June 2015
                27 May 2015
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                : 35-36
                [1 ]Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience University of Chicago , Chicago, IL, USA Phone: +1-773-702-9066; Fax: +1-773-834-6761 E-mail: kderbyshire@ 123456uchicago.edu
                [2 ]Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience University of Chicago , Chicago, IL, USA
                © 2015 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited.

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                This research was supported by a Center for Excellence in Gambling Research grant by the National Center for Responsible Gaming to Dr. Jon Grant of the University of Chicago.
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                sex, neurocognition, impulsivity


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