Why we are hard wired to watch pornography | Daniel Glaser

By: Daniel Glaser | Why we are hard wired to watch pornography | Daniel Glaser | Neuroscience | The Guardian

A mirroring system in the brain means watching an activity can help us enjoy it more

The launch of David Simon’s new series The Deuce (starting on 26 September), has thrust pornography back into the spotlight. One of the most famous neuroscientific discoveries of the last decade probably plays a role.

This is the finding of a ‘mirror neuron’ in the cortex of a macaque monkey, so named because it fires both when the monkey sees an action and when it performs it – ‘mirroring’ behaviour it witnesses.

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