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