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Motivation and addiction: Neuronetworks and treatment targets

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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
  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