2012 AAPB Webinar 2: Lessons from the Neuroscience of Addiction
Presented by Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB
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This webinar is designed to review important lessons from the neuroscience of addiction for professionals who treat addiction and compulsive behavior. Despite different pharmacological properties, all drugs of abuse produce common acute and chronic effects on the brains of vulnerable individuals. We will examine the effects of addicting drugs on the mesolimbic dopamine pathway and highlight the different ways that they acutely increase dopamine activity, but chronically decrease responsiveness to reinforcers. We will learn how chronic drug abuse slows down the prefrontal cortex and sensitizes the brain to addicting drugs, drug-related stimuli, and environmental stressors. We will see how an altered frontal cortex transmits craving to the reward pathway and sensitizes this circuit to addicting drugs. Finally, we will explore the implications of these findings for biofeedback and neurofeedback treatment of addiction.
Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:
- Describe the roles of major brain structures in addiction;
- Explain the common effects of abused drugs on brain reward circuits;
- Explain how the brain changes as drug abuse becomes addiction;
- Explain how stress, learning, and memory influence addiction and relapse.
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB is a biological psychologist and professor of Psychology and former Department Chair at Truman State University, where he has taught since 1975 and has served as Director of Trumans Applied Psychophysiology Research Lab since 1977. He has taught biological psychology and psychopharmacology for more than 24 years and regularly consults in textbook revision. In 2008, he received the Doris and Walker Allen Fellowship for Academic Excellence. He also teaches in the Saybrook University Mind-Body Medicine program. He co-authored with Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN, a chapter on biofeedback in the Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2nd ed.). He is a contributing editor for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is a Senior Fellow in Biofeedback and is the Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).