Are You a Brain Porn Addict?
15 easy ways to tell if you're addicted to brain porn
Published on November 27, 2012 by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. in Fulfillment at Any Age
1 - I spend more than I can afford on “brain-boosting” foods.
2 - Gays lead inherently risky lives and are therefore hooked on dopamine.
3 - I stay away from toxins in the environment that can harm my brain.
4 - I would spend almost any amount on a “smart pill.”
5 - Political candidates should have brain scans to determine their suitability for office.
6 - Women's brains are less capable of logic than are men's brains.
7 - My brain is like a muscle that I can train through exercise.
8 - There is something different about the criminal brain.
9 - Social networking websites rob people of compassion.
10 -Near death experiences are real because they are caused by “brain storms.”
11 -I can trust articles in the news that use brain scan evidence.
12 - People who are overweight to the point of being obese have low intelligence.
13- There’s no end to how much I can improve my brain if I want to.
14 -Religious experiences can be traced to brain activity, meaning they must be “real.”
15 The brain can cause everyday addictions such as chocolate, shopping, and exercise.
See how your answers fall into the 3 predominant categories that O’Connor and colleagues (University College London psychologist) identified:
The Brain as Capital (Items 1, 3, 4, 7, 13)
You believe that your brain is a resource that should be conserved and maximized. It seems to you that your brain has unlimited potential if you only know how to use it. On the other hand, you also fear harming your brain by exposing it to adverse environmental conditions (e.g. drugs, toxins). News stories that speak to this function of your brain interest you the most, and you will readily take the advice of the authors even if their products seem expensive. You become discouraged and despondent when you feel that your brain fails you, such as when you forget someone's name.
The Brain as an Index of Difference (Items 2, 6, 8, 12, 15)
You readily agree with stories that use neuroscience data to highlight differences between groups, even if those differences could also be explained by social factors. In analyzing media accounts of neuroscience, O’Connor and her group found the most number of articles fitting in the category of psychopathology (psychological conditions), sexuality, morality and crime, and physical conditions such as obesity. Unfortunately, because you are so ready to believe these studies based on “brain science” you may be vulnerable to the prejudice and stereotyping that often accompany these stories as in the examples shown on my test (i.e. obese people are less intelligent, women are less logical).
The Brain as Biological Proof (Items 5, 9, 10, 11, 14)
If you scored high on this third scale, you will be unlikely to question reports that improbably tie certain phenomena with conditions in the brain. As a result, you may fall prey to the idea of biological causality, and therefore pay less attention in your own life to the role of free will. Instead of thinking of ways to change, you’ll resign yourself to a lifetime of being stuck with behaviors that interfere with your happiness. You will also find it difficult to look critically at research studies that use flashy brain scans as evidence, and will be likely to ignore the role of culture and society as affecting human behavior.