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The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction

1: The reward pathway and addiction

The reward pathway and addiction

Introduce the concept of reward. Humans, as well as other organisms engage in behaviors that are rewarding; the pleasurable feelings provide positive reinforcement so that the behavior is repeated. There are natural rewards as well as artificial rewards, such as drugs.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (2007). 1: The reward pathway and addiction. In The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/teaching-packets/neurobiology-drug-addiction/section-ii-reward-pathway-addiction/1-reward-pathway-addiction

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Explores the consequences of drug abuse on the brain and body and introduces the topics of prevention, and treatment.