According to a talk given by Sharon Cooper, M.D., of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a child’s brain is more vulnerable to the harms of viewing porn for two major reasons:
- Mirror neurons. A child’s brain has an abundance of mirror neurons. These neurons convince us that when we see something we are actually experiencing it. These neurons help kids imitate the behavior they see in their older siblings and in adults. Unfortunately, mirror neurons make pornography even more real to kids and helps them imitate what they see.
- Immature pre-frontal cortex. A child’s brain matures from the back (brainstem) to the front where the pre-frontal cortex resides. This area of the brain controls judgment, impulse…
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