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Biological Psychology
Biological psychology

Ron, a married, 40-year-old schoolteacher, had a good life until it went bad. Nothing seemed to account for the overwhelming sexual urgency he began to experience—from searching Web sites for child pornography to soliciting prostitutes at massage parlors. Even though he knew that what he was doing was wrong, he lamely explained that the “pleasure principle overrode [his] restraint.” Ron's wife found out about his aberrant behavior, had him evicted, and then prosecuted for pedophilia (fondling children). He was medicated and remanded to treatment for sex offenders. But he put himself at risk for a jail sentence when he violated the terms of treatment by soliciting sex from other program participants (Choi, 2002).

The night before sentencing, Ron went to an emergency room ...

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