The Great Courses: The Addictive Brain

The Great Courses The Addictive Brain Addiction is a problem that affects everyone even if we haven t experienced addiction ourselves we all know someone who has Unfortunately many sources of information about addiction seem inaccessible

  • Title: The Great Courses: The Addictive Brain
  • Author: Thad A. Polk
  • ISBN: 9781629971285
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Addiction is a problem that affects everyone even if we haven t experienced addiction ourselves, we all know someone who has Unfortunately many sources of information about addiction seem inaccessible or irrelevant because they present vague or false science, they present accurate science in an excessively complicated way, or they are moralistic than informative AAddiction is a problem that affects everyone even if we haven t experienced addiction ourselves, we all know someone who has Unfortunately many sources of information about addiction seem inaccessible or irrelevant because they present vague or false science, they present accurate science in an excessively complicated way, or they are moralistic than informative Addiction is sometimes viewed as a failure of character or will or morality But neuroscience offers a very different picture one that can inform how we, as individuals and as a society, treat addicts and the problems caused by addiction These 12 eye opening lectures will show you that addiction is a scientifically understandable problem that has its origins in neurobiology and genetics The Addictive Brain is a fair and balanced investigation of addiction, backed by hard science and behavioral science Most of us have probably seen the old antidrug commercial in which an actor compares your brain on drugs to an egg sizzling in a hot frying pan That s a powerful image, but it doesn t tell us what actually happens when drugs enter your body and interact with neurochemical processes Professor Polk gives you a comprehensive but concise survey of addiction and the major drugs of abuse, highlighting the differing neurological effects of stimulants, opioids, and He also delves into the world of behavioral addictions, such as gambling and compulsive video gaming, which, neurologically, operate very similarly to drug addiction This course will clearly and compassionately inform you on what addiction means scientifically, socially, and behaviorally.

    One thought on “The Great Courses: The Addictive Brain”

    1. I had this Great Courses audio book hanging around for almost a year and only started listening because the length of the book fit in rather nicely with the time that I could devote to it. There is nothing in this book that was world rocking. What it had, however, was a very, very good narrator and information explanations and organization that made the subject understandable. I'm glad I gave it the time, it was well worth it.

    2. A deep dive on the brain chemistry of addiction. Interesting, but pretty technical. I won't remember all of the jargon, but have a better overall understanding of how our bodies are affected by addictive substances and behaviors.

    3. Wow that is amazing neurochemistry. Fascinating. Pretty dense though and I'd like to listen through it againarted: 2016-12-08.Dec.Thu 11:59:32finished: 2016-12-11.Dec.Sun 20:35:46duration: 6h:23m

    4. Contains good knowledge about different aspects of the addictions today. Talks about how our brains are reacting to the addictions, potential ways to prevent and cure these addictions. Covers topics from common addiction like smoking, gaming, alcoholism, porn etc to heavy drug addictions. Interesting for anyone really. It can serve as a good base to understand better the addicted people who are part of our society.

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