Motivation and addiction: Neuronetworks and treatment targets

Most psychiatric disorders (most notably dependence syndromes, depression, psychosis, and autism) are characterized by impaired social interaction, with many patients preferring a drug of abuse. This lecture focuses on the latest research on the neural basis of normal and impaired social interaction. Speaker: Gerald Zernig.

By HBP Education Programme
Published Mar, 2018

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Topics covered:

  1. Neural networks activated in addiction, substance abuse and dependence, and passionate love
  2. Dopaminergic involvement
  3. The reward circuit
  4. Basic nomenclature: reward, reinforcement, self-administration, and conditioned place preference 
  5. Which neural systems in which brain regions mediate which aspects of behavior?
  6. Reward vs aversion