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Kent C. Berridge & Terry E. Robinson

In: Handbook of Implicit Cognition and Addiction

Chapter 31: Automatic Processes in Addiction: A Commentary

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Automatic Processes in Addiction: A Commentary
Automatic processes in addiction: A commentary

Sections 3 through 5 present a fascinating set of chapters on the many different psychological processes that may contribute to pathological drug-seeking behavior in addiction, with an emphasis on implicit automatic processes. We briefly address some highlights.

The idea that addiction may result from dysfunction that alters the balance among multiple different psychological processes, which normally occur simultaneously in encounter with rewards or predictive cues for them, is featured in several chapters. For ex#x0026le, whether an abstinent addict either relapses or continues to abstain at any given point in time may be the result of complex interactions among multiple cognitive and motivational components, all of which may be activated by the same reward-related event. Thus, ...

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