Best Brain Breakthroughs for January 2014

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Best Brain Breakthroughs for January 2014

Porn addiction could make you sexist, and other breaking news.

Porn may have a surprising psychological side effect: sexism. After analyzing data about participants’ porn-viewing habits and their views on women’s rights (taken from the 2006–2010 General Social Survey), researchers at Indiana University found that while you’re conducting “research” of your own, some harmful social ideals may be rubbing off on you. “Some viewers infer general principles for social behavior from porn,” which may then “reduce some viewers’ support for affirmative action for women,” says study author Paul J. Wright, Ph.D.

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