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Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 295–301 | Cite as

Highlighting Internet-Communication Disorder as Further Internet-Use Disorder When Considering Neuroimaging Studies

  • Elisa Wegmann
  • Silke M. Müller
  • Sina Ostendorf
  • Matthias BrandEmail author
Addictions (M Potenza and M Brand, Section Editors)
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  1. Topical Collection on Addictions

Abstract

Purpose of Review

Besides gaming disorder, which has recently been included in the ICD-11, several other types of Internet-use behaviors were shown to have addictive potential causing impairments in daily life. Research on Internet-communication disorder (ICD) focuses on the pathological use of Internet-communication applications. However, its clinical relevance as well as similarities to other addictive behaviors have to be clarified.

Recent Findings

Recent neuropsychological studies try to identify relevant neural mechanisms underlying ICD. Summarizing the results of brain imaging studies indicate the relevance of brain areas associated with reward processing and reinforcement learning in the context of ICD. The findings are consistent with theoretical assumptions and empirical findings on other addictive behaviors.

Summary

The current review highlights similarities between different kinds of Internet-use disorders. Regarding ICD, evidence is still rare and relevant standards are missing. Further studies, especially with treatment seekers, are needed to clarify the clinical relevance and to identify convergent and divergent components of general and specific (Internet-related) addictive behaviors.

Keywords

Internet addiction Social networking sites Behavioral addiction Gaming disorder 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisa Wegmann
    • 1
  • Silke M. Müller
    • 1
  • Sina Ostendorf
    • 1
  • Matthias Brand
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of General Psychology: Cognition and Center for Behavioral Addiction Research (CeBAR)University of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  2. 2.Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance ImagingEssenGermany

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