The Addictive Brain

The Addictive Brain

Streaming Audiobook - 2015
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This Lecture: Begin your course by defining "addiction," which is diagnosed based on characteristics such as abuse, dependence, and craving. Professor Polk then surveys the history of drug use, from ancient history through the development of synthetics in the 19th and 20th centuries. Finally, he reviews government regulation and the substantial costs of drug abuse, both to the individual and to society. The Course: Addiction touches us all. What happens when your brain is on drugs? Discover the neural mechanisms that underlie the behaviors of addiction, and see how drugs and activities like gambling can hijack the brain and lead to behavioral problems. Understanding addiction can motivate an addict to seek treatment, and can lead loved ones to see the addict in a new way. All Lectures: 1. Addiction 101 2. The Psychology and Neuroscience of Reward 3. How Addiction Hijacks the Brain 4. Genetics-Born to Be an Addict? 5. Your Brain on Drugs 6. Why We Crave Coffee and Cigarettes 7. Alcohol-Social Lubricant or Drug of Abuse? 8. The Science of Marijuana 9. Stimulants-From Cocaine to Ritalin 10. The Science of Poppies, Pleasure, and Pain 11. The Gambler's Brain 12. Junk Food, Porn, Video Games-Addictions?
Publisher: [United States]: The Great Courses, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (30 min.)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Polk, Thad A.
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