The Neurobiology Of Addiction

Implications for Therapeutic Intervention

Pieter Rossouw


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The link between addiction and the brain took a huge step forward when researchers James Olds and Peter Milner studied the effects of electrical stimulation in the brain stem of rats. They found that rats respond positively to electrical stimulation. The experimental design was setup in such a way that rats could deliver their own stimulation by pressing a bar. They found the rats could not get enough stimulation and they would continue to press the bar up to 2000 times per hour until some of them passed out from exhaustion…. [click on the cover above to read full article]


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