The Neuroscience of Addiction
Substance Abuse and Brain Science

The Neuroscience of Addiction - Substance Abuse and Brain Science
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The Human Brain
The Human Brain, lays out the neural-biochemical nature of the brain and examines the relationship of the brain to drugs of abuse.
Drugs of Abuse
Drugs of Abuse, shows how mind-altering drugs have been an ever-present part of human culture, the positive and negative effects of drugs of abuse and how they influence the brain…
Drugs in the Brain
Drugs in the Brain, discusses how drugs of abuse change the most fundamental information processing networks in the brain by hijacking and changing neural networks.
Overcoming Addiction
The addict's brain has changed and, consequently, recovering from alcohol and substance abuse can be a long and complex process. Program 4: Overcoming Addiction shows how understanding that full-blown addiction…
Directions for the Future
Recent discoveries by neuroscientists have changed the conversation around addiction, providing answers and raising new questions that point to new directions in understanding the brain and its relationship with drugs…

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Drugs of Abuse
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
Drugs of Abuse, shows how mind-altering drugs have been an ever-present part of human culture, the positive and negative effects of drugs of abuse and how they influence the brain and consequently affect mood and behavior.
The Human Brain
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
The Human Brain, lays out the neural-biochemical nature of the brain and examines the relationship of the brain to drugs of abuse.
Drugs in the Brain
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
Drugs in the Brain, discusses how drugs of abuse change the most fundamental information processing networks in the brain by hijacking and changing neural networks.
Overcoming Addiction
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
The addict's brain has changed and, consequently, recovering from alcohol and substance abuse can be a long and complex process. Program 4: Overcoming Addiction shows how understanding that full-blown addiction is a brain disease is revolutionizing the definition of addiction and its treatment.
Directions for the Future
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
Recent discoveries by neuroscientists have changed the conversation around addiction, providing answers and raising new questions that point to new directions in understanding the brain and its relationship with drugs of abuse. Program 5: Directions for the Future, examines how the treatment of drug addiction as a brain disease is…
How Addiction Hijacks the Brain
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Here you'll examine the ways addiction alters the brain by numbing the pleasure center, sensitizing the dopamine system, and inhibiting the prefrontal cortex. Combined, these altered brain functions lead to strong cravings and a reduced ability to control one's actions. This foray into neuroscience will forever change the way you…
Your Brain on Drugs
Part of the Series: The Addictive Brain
Shift your attention from the nature of addiction to the nature of drugs. Here you'll delve into the process of neurochemical transmission and see how drugs mimic this activity by binding to neural receptors. This process is responsible for everything from a drug's physical and psychological effects to its potency.
Is Your Brain Perfectly Designed?
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Is Your Brain Objective?
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Can Brain Games Make You Smarter?
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