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Substance Use Tied to Overactive Brain Reward Areas

(4/22/2013)

Substance Use Tied to Overactive Brain Reward Areas
Psych Central
April 19, 2013

New research suggests overactivity of specific brain reward regions may cause an individual to have greater cravings for drugs.  Investigators from the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) used what they called a “reward surfeit model” to investigate if such heightened brain activity can cause individuals to develop food or drug addictions.  The results indicated that elevated responsivity of reward regions in the brain increased the risk for future substance use, which has never been tested before prospectively with humans.

View the full article here: http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/04/19/substance-use-tied-to-overactive-brain-reward-areas/53885.html

 


Keywords: substance, use, overactive, brain, reward, areas



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