Recently, our understanding of the brain’s role in addictive behaviors has improved dramatically. Because addiction is a consequence of fundamental changes in the brain function, the goal of treatment must be to reverse or compensate for those brain changes. Therefore, a thorough understanding of the brain’s role in addictive behaviors such as gambling disorder is vital for the development and implementation of effective treatments. This presentation provides a detailed discussion on addiction and the addiction cycle and compares gambling disorder with substance use disorders, focusing mainly on the role of dopamine in maintaining these behavioral disorders. Areas of the prefrontal cortex and other regions of the brain implicated in gambling disorder and other addictive disorders are examined. Finally, contemporary theories, such as Impaired Response Inhibition and Salience Attribution is briefly discussed.
After attending this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the brain’s role in gambling disorder, specifically the cascade theory of reward, the role of dopamine and other neurotransmitters, and areas of the brain affected as we currently know from research;
- Distinguish the Impaired Response Inhibition and Salience Attribution theory;
- Explain how hedonic homeostatic dysregulation is reflected with the emergence of a negative emotional state when access to the addictive behavior is prevented.
- Lectures 3
- Quizzes 1
- Duration 1.5 hours
- Skill level Intermediate
- Language English
- Students 10
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Yes